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Kremlin Dismisses Allegations of Cyberattacks as Russophobic Campaign

Sputnik News

12:37 15.02.2018(updated 13:28 15.02.2018)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has commented on accusations of UK Foreign Office of Russia allegedly being behind a massive cyberattack, using the NotPetya virus.

"We categorically reject such accusations, we consider them unsubstantiated and groundless. This is nothing more than the continuation of the Russophobic campaign lacking any evidence," Peskov told reporters, when asked to comment on allegations of Russia's involvement in a massive hacker attack with the NotPetya malware.

Earlier, the UK Foreign Office accused Russia of implementing a massive cyberattack using the NotPetya virus in Ukraine in June 2017. A corresponding statement was made by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Tarik Ahmad.

NotPetya, also known as BadRabbit, is the virus that attacked a number of countries in October 2017. According to the Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity experts, Badrabbit has hit over 200 data centers across the world, with the majority of the targets in Russia.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre has claimed that the Russian military appears to be behind the disruptive cyberattack. The Foreign Office's accusations are the latest claims of Russian state involvement in cyberattacks in Europe that Moscow regards as groundless.

In the wake of claims alleging Russian interference in the US presidential election, media in several European states, including Britain, has been speculating about "Kremlin's meddling" in their countries' political processes. Commenting on the claims, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called them absolutely groundless and emphasized that Moscow didn't meddle in any foreign state's affairs.


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