Danish Defense Minister accuses Russia of involvement in the NotPetya virus attacks

Danish Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen stated that Russia is involved in the cyber-attacks using the NotPetya virus, reported Nordjyske daily newspaper. “We will not tolerate such malicious cyber activity.  This is a strategy that undermines democratic regimes in the West and we should protect ourselves from it,” Frederiksen stated.

The cyber-attack occurred in June 2017 against computer systems of Italy, Israel, USA, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and several other countries. The greatest damage was done by cyber-attack to Russia and Ukraine. A computer system of the Government in Kyiv, an international airport, Ukrposhta and Ukrtelecom and some credit organizations were seriously affected.

In Denmark, the virus also hit several enterprises including A.P. Moller-Maersk, an integrated transport and logistics company, which lost about $300 million because of the cyber-attack.

Earlier, the Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, accused Russia of the attack using the NotPetya virus. This was also stated by British Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson, BBC reported.

Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow categorically rejects all accusations of cyber-attacks using NotPetya.  

  Cyber Attacks, Russia, Denmark