By Azania Post Reporter
The White House accused the Russian Army of the “the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history” in a statement issued Thursday, promising that it “will be met with international consequences.”
The attack, dubbed NotPetya, was meant for computers in Ukraine last year but eventually affected companies around the globe, like FedEx and many others.
"It was part of the Kremlin's ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia's involvement in the ongoing conflict," said the statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
According to the statement, the attack caused “billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.”
The British government had earlier released a statement regarding the attack, calling out the Russians for their actions.
"The destructive attack masqueraded as ransomware, but its purpose was principal to disrupt," the UK government said in a statement.
The statement from British officials also said the actions "will not be tolerated."
The cyber attack took place in June 2017, and CNN previously reported that it was similar to WannaCry, including how it required victims to pay in bitcoin in order to retrieve files.