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Ukrainian police arrests servers of software firm blamed for ransomware attack

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Sergei Linnik, general director of Ukrainian software development firm Intellect Service, and his daughter Olesya pose for a picture at the company’s offices in Kyiv

Ukrainian cyber-security police has arrested servers operated by the tax software firm, which is blamed for unwillingly spreading the malware that resulted in a massive cyber attack in Ukraine and many other countries last week.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that the head of the Ukrainian national Cyberpolice unit, Col Serhiy Demydiuk, had previously alleged that Intellect Service had ignored repeated warnings by anti-virus firms that it needed to improve its security in advance of the attack.

Security analysts, including from U.S. firms Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec, have stated that they all have evidence that the malware was spread via an update to the tax software program MeDoc.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Reuters, the father and daughter team who run Intellect Service said they were not responsible, Olesya Linnik, managing partner at Intellect Service commented: «The update package, which was sent out long before the virus was spread, we checked it 100 times and everything is fine.»

BBC reports that it is estimated that some 80% of companies in Ukraine use the software, which allows clients to send and discuss financial documents inside the company, as well as submit them to the national tax inspectorate.

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