Ukraine fears a coordinated hacking attack from Russia
A Ukrainian official told Reuters it's seeing a pattern of hacking that reminds them of last year's NotPetya attack.
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Ukrainian companies are finding increasing amounts of malicious software planted on their computer systems, which the government says points to a coordinated effort to launch a major attack in the future, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Ukraine's cyber police chief, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters the attack it thinks is brewing right now could play out in a similar way.
"Analysis of the malicious software that has already been identified and the targeting of attacks on Ukraine suggest that this is all being done for a specific day," Demedyuk told Reuters. He also said digital fingerprints on the intrusions point to Russia as the source.
The Russian embassy and the Ukrainian national police didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.
Ukraine's concerns point to the larger threat of the chaos ransomware can bring. If victims don't have their files backed up, they face the question of whether to pay up or lose everything. Even if they pay, the hackers might not choose to -- or not be able to -- give them their files back. And if dozens of companies around the world are dealing with these problems at the same time, it can cause a major disruption.