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Ukraine Thwarts Cyberattack on Electric Grid, Officials Say


Downtown Mariupol.

Russia has launched devastating assaults on Ukraine, but major cyber disruptions widely anticipated by analysts have not materialized.

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Ukrainian authorities neutralized a cyberattack against the country's electric grid hours before it was set to launch on Friday, officials said, adding that the assault bore similarities to a successful disruption in 2016.

Malware was detected in systems at a regional energy transmitter, top energy and cyber officials in Ukraine said on Tuesday. Code analysis showed a trigger timed for April 8, they added.

"I stress the point that civil infrastructure was targeted to disrupt the electricity supply," Farid Safarov, deputy minister of energy, said in a call with reporters Tuesday, through an interpreter. He declined to name the energy transmitter or the region that would have been affected, but said it is operated by a private company.

Had the hack been successful, millions of individuals, as well as businesses in the region, might have lost power, he said.

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