Russia Received No Official Requests From US About Origin of NotPetya Malware
21:29 22.04.2018(updated 22:12 22.04.2018)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia did not receive any US requests regarding the origin of NotPetya malware, Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cooperation in Information Security Andrey Krutskikh said.
"None. This is a paradox. We are ready to discuss any issues and for this purpose we sent a delegation to Geneva of 17 people, which also included security officials," Krutskikh told Kommerant newspaper in an interview.
He went on saying that claims that Moscow was behind the creation of a NotPetya virus are unsubstantiated.
"Making accusations without evidence is miscalling. And not a single official from the countries mentioned has underpinned these allegations with any evidence," the diplomat said.
Krutskikh noted that Moscow intends to present at the UN General Assembly a resolution calling to resume the work of the Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security (GGE).
Krutskikh explained that these changes will be devoted, among other things, to the composition of the group.
"We advocate for a more equitable geographical representation of the group members. There, in particular, should be no preponderance of NATO states, while only one member is allowed from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), who competes with the Balkans representatives… Let the number of the group's participants be limited to 25, but all regions and players should be presented there," the official added.
At the end of February, a Russian-American meeting on cybersecurity was due to take place in Geneva, however, the American delegation declined to participate at the last moment.
Last year, a wave of large-scale cyberattacks hit companies worldwide. In May, WannaCry blocked computers in numerous countries and demanded ransom to unlock them. In June, ransomware called NotPetya targeted companies across the world, mostly in Ukraine, but also in Western Europe, Russia, and North America. Some Western countries have accused Russia of orchestrating these attacks.
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