U.S. gov't blames Russia for ransomware attack that hit Rotterdam port

United States flag and eagle (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CGP Grey)United States flag and eagle (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CGP Grey)

The United States is blaming Russia for a ransomware attack that infected countless computers around the world last year. In the Netherlands container terminal APM in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD, and package carrier TNT were infected by the ransomware called NotPetya or Petya.

"It was part of the Kremlin's ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia's involvement in the ongoing conflict", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, according to The Guardian. "This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyber attack that will be met with international consequences."

Great Britain also pointed the accusing finger to Russia on Thursday. 

The ransomware was spread through a Ukrainian accounting program. It took APM and TNT days to recover from the attack.