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Ukraine calls out Russian involvement in Petya

Yellow-blue national banner is fluttering in the wind at the Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

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Ukraine has said Russian security services were involved in the recent Petya cyber attack aimed at destroying its important data and spreading panic.

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service, said on Saturday the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, was by the same hackers who attacked its power grid in December 2016.

Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday's attack but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed "unfounded blanket accusations".

Cyber security firms are trying to piece together who was behind the computer worm, dubbed NotPetya by some experts, which conked out computers across an estimated 60 countries, disrupted shipping, and shut down a chocolate factory in Australia.

"The available data, including those obtained in co-operation with international antivirus companies, give us reason to believe that the same hacking groups are involved in the attacks, which in December 2016 attacked the financial system, transport, and energy facilities of Ukraine using TeleBots and BlackEnergy," the SBU said.

"This testifies to the involvement of the special services of Russian Federation in this attack."

Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

The SBU in an earlier statement on Friday said it had seized equipment it said belonged...