Ukraine to investigate suspected computer attack on energy grid

By REUTERS
December 31, 2015 16:12

 
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KIEV - Ukraine will investigate a suspected computer malware attack on its energy grid, the energy ministry said on Thursday, an incident the country's secret service has blamed on Russia.

A power company in western Ukraine, Prykarpattyaoblenergo, said on Dec. 23 that a swath of the area it serves had been left without energy, including the regional capital Ivano-Frankivsk, due to "interference" in the work of the system.

The Ukrainian Security Service SBU later blamed Russia, which has not so far commented on the allegation.

On Thursday, the energy ministry said it had set up a special commission to investigate what happened.

The SBU accuses Russian security agencies of launching the attack but, despite the blackout, said it had managed to thwart the malware.

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