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Don’t play Russian roulette: cyberattacks on Ukraine could go global

Fake ransomware that hit dozens of government agencies resemble Russia’s global 2017 computer worm attack

18 January 2022 - 20:12 By Parmy Olson

In cyberwarfare, the toughest question to answer definitively is: “Who did it?” It’s no surprise then that Microsoft avoided the attribution on everyone’s lips in its analysis of last week’s cyberattacks on Ukraine. That would be Russia. But several clues suggest they not only came from the Kremlin but will follow a pattern of spilling into other countries in Europe, the US and across the world. That ratchets up geopolitical tension: Ukraine is now bracing for potential military action from Moscow; Russian President Vladimir Putin has 100,000 troops at the border; and Moscow’s security talks with the US and Nato have broken down...

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