14:40 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2018
UBJ AM June 29, 2017
Ukraine hardest hit worldwide by cyber attack; Hand processing of passports causes big lines at airports; 1,000 complaints about cyber attack;
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• Ukraine was by far the hardest hit by Tuesday's cyber attack, The Financial Times reports. ESET, a cyber security and anti-virus company, said data collected from its clients and sensors around the web indicate more than three-quarters of infections worldwide had been detected in Ukraine.

• A compromised software update from the Ukrainian accounting firm MeDoc appears to the origin of the disruption that spread worldwide on Tuesday, the FT reports. Ukraine's national policy cyber crime unit concurs.

• Following the mass cyber attacks in Ukraine, several airports revert Wednesday to issuing arrival visas and processing departing passengers by hand. This old system was used in Zhuliany, Boryspil and, Odesa, according to UNIAN. Boryspil and Zhuliany saw extremely long lines, with passengers waiting for hours to check in and clear passport control.

• In another hurdle for airport administrators, cyber attacks had knocked out the main server at Boryspil, forcing staff to update flight departures and arrivals by hand every 15 minutes. Despite this, no delays were reported according to ITC.

• The national police received over 1,500 complaints about computer network disruptions -- or appeals for help -- in the wake of a global cyber offensive that targeted the country Tuesday. Over 40 complaints came from commercial companies.

• NATO has promised to increase aid to Ukraine’s cyber defenses. It warns that a cyber offensive against a NATO member nation, like the one against Ukraine this week, could trigger the mutual defense clause in the same way as a conventional military assault. Ukraine is not a NATO member.

• Discount airline Ryanair will sign an agreement with Boryspil International Airport in mid-July, according to the Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. Ryanair has signed a similar deal with Lviv International Airport.

• Moscow-based insurance company Ingosstrakh will close its Kyiv office and exit the Ukrainian market. The company will continue operations outside of Russia in Almaty, Baku, Mumbai and Beijing, RBC reports.

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