Ukrainian police arrest suspected NotPetya cyber actor

Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a 51-year-old resident of Nikopol this week, who they believe played a role in the global NotPetya malware attack in June, reports The Hill.

Law enforcement have not released the name of the man, who was detained for allegedly offering copies of NotPetya to businesses looking to lose potentially incriminating data. Authorities said nearly 400 companies downloaded the malware from the man.

NotPetya compromised government systems in Ukraine, along with operations at companies in the U.S. and Europe. The malware was originally believed to be a ransomware, since it demanded $300 to unencrypt files from its targets. However, researchers later determined the malware permanently wiped data from infected devices.

The malware first spread through an update to Ukrainian tax accounting software, reports The Hill.

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