Experts say Tuesday’s cyberattack probably not about money

Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

  • Tuesday’s global cyberattack appears to be contained.
  • Investigators suspect the ransomware attack may have been meant to disrupt Ukrainian organizations, not simply to extort money.
  • The attack came the same day as the assassination of a Ukrainian military intelligence officer.

The dramatic data-scrambling attack that hit computers around the world Tuesday appears to be contained. But with the damage and disruption still coming into focus, security experts worry the sudden explosion of malicious software may have been more sinister than a criminally minded shakedown of computer users.

“There may be a more nefarious motive behind the attack,” Gavin O’Gorman, an investigator with U.S. antivirus firm Symantec, said in a blog post . “Perhaps this attack was never intended to make money (but) rather to simply disrupt a large number of Ukrainian organizations.”

The rogue program initially appeared to be ransomware, a fast-growing and lucrative breed of…

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