ukrainian police have arrested an person accused of spreading the petya malware, used in a cyberattack that knocked heaps of groups offline in advance this year.

an unnamed fifty one-yr-old from the southern metropolis of nikopol changed into detained by using the nation cyber-police in advance this week after a raid become done on the alleged attacker’s domestic.

in a quick assertion (translated for zdnet), police say they seized computers that were used to unfold the malware within the cyberattack.

the statement said that the character of hobby advised police he had uploaded the malware to a record-sharing account and shared a link on his weblog with instructions on how to release the malware.

the malware become downloaded approximately 400 times, police say.

numerous organizations downloaded the malware intentionally to “hide criminal interest” and to “evade bills” to the country, police say.

But it is not clear if police have declared the person of hobby a formal suspect in the cyberattack that unfold to more than 60 nations.

news of the outbreak began in late june, while predominantly ukrainian structures had been hit by means of a new pressure of ransomware — only a month after a comparable cyberattack that leveraged leaked nsa hacking gear to spread the wannacry ransomware.

what separated this assault from the previous incident was that the ransomware wished simply one contamination factor of entry, and was then able to spread laterally throughout an entire community.

lots of businesses have been affected by the petya outbreak, with numerous important companies taking weeks to regain manage of their systems, and struggling quarterly financial hits.

a decryption device become in the end released.