NATO’s secretary-general says the 29-member alliance is supplying hardware to the Ukrainian government to help protect its government networks from cyber attacks.

At a news conference in Kiev alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday, Jens Stoltenberg told journalists that “we are in the process of providing Ukraine with new equipment to some key government institutions.”

Few other details were provided, but Stoltenberg said the gear would “help Ukraine investigate who is behind the different attacks.” Ukraine has recently been hit by a series of powerful cyber attacks, including a June 27 attack that crippled computers across the country. Kiev blames Russia for the intrusions, charges the Kremlin denies.

Stoltenberg added that the alliance is studying the Ukraine attacks closely. “NATO is learning a lot from Ukraine,” he said.

Earlier, the malware attack, named ‘NotPetya‘ which crippled at least 2,000 targets across the world, had NATO announce that the cyber attack was an attack by a ‘state actor’ or a group with state approval on 30 June.

The statement by NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) allows the cyber attack, which affected 60 countries, to be interpreted as an act of war, compelling allied nations to take action accordingly. The reaction is triggered by what is known as  Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. The highlight of which, states that “collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.”

Associated Press

Publish date: July 11, 2017 2:54 pm| Modified date: July 11, 2017 2:54 pm

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