Petya Cyberattack Update: Ukrainian Arrested For Spreading Malware

Law enforcement in Ukraine have arrested a person accused of helping spread the Petya malware attack that infected thousands of computer systems within the country and around the world earlier this year, ZDNet reported.

The individual has not been named by the authorities but has been identified as a 51-year-old Ukrainian national from the city of Nikopol. The person was arrested this week by the Ukrainian cyber policy agency after executing a raid of the accused attacker’s home.

According to a statement provided to ZDNet, the Ukrainian police said they were able to seize computers from the alleged attacker’s home that were used to aid in the spread of the Petya malware attack.

The police reported the arrested party admitted to uploading the malware to a file-sharing account and shared a link to download the malicious software, along with instructions on how to use it, on his blog.

 

Source: International Business Times

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