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UPDATE 1-UK blames Russia for cyber attack, says won't tolerate disruption

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L).

Russia denied the accusation, saying it was part of Russophobic campaign it said was being waged by some Western countries.

The so-called NotPetya attack in June started in Ukraine where it crippled government and business computers before spreading around the world, halting operations at ports, factories and offices.

Britains foreign ministry said the attack originated from the Russian military.

The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity, the ministry said in a statement.

The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt, it said.

Primary targets were Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. Its indiscriminate design caused it to spread further, affecting other European and Russian business.

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