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    The United States government is not prepared yet to blame Russia for recent cyberattacks that Ukraine claims were orchestrated by Moscow, a senior US State Department official said during a conference call on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Petya ransomware was used in a large-scale attack on oil, telecommunications and financial companies in Russia and Ukraine, blocking computers and demanding $300 in bitcoins.

    "We’re aware that the Ukrainian government is holding Russia responsible for last week’s attacks but we’re not ready to make that judgment just yet," the official stated.

    A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017
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    The malware, called Petya, was first identified in March 2016. Security researchers said on Tuesday that it appears to be spreading on the same exploit as the WannaCry ransomware that took down hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide last month.

    Ukrainian government agencies, banks and electrical companies have also been affected, as well as Russia's oil company Rosneft and dozens of other companies across the United Kingdom, France, Spain and other nations.


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