White House confirms NotPetya malware was Russian military operation

NotPetya installed on a laptop. Donat Sorokin / Getty

Hours after the U.K. publicly attributed the NotPetya malware to the Russian military, the White House confirmed that Russia was behind the attack.

Why it matters: The White House has been loath to speak ill of Russia under any circumstance. NotPetya was a global disaster. The shipping giant Maersk alone lost $300 million in the incident, with ports closed worldwide. Government computers in several countries were hit, as well as American firms like the food giant Mondelez. But the malware did 80% of its damage in Ukraine, according to the cybersecurity firm ESET.