The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has suggested exchanging experience in the field of cyber security with Germany as his country has constantly countered cyber-attacks by Russia.

He made the offer to German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during his visit to Germany to discuss military-technical cooperation.

“Ukraine, in fact being a testing ground for the use of cyber tools for malicious purposes, has unique practical experience in neutralising cyber-attacks, which can be useful for partner countries.”

Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) last month said it believed Russian hacker-spy group Pterodo/Gamaredon was behind a cyberattack on a government file-sharing system.

The threat actors attempted to disseminate malicious documents through the country’s System of Electronic Interaction of Executive Bodies by using the ASKOD electronic document-management system. The malicious documents contained a macro which secretly downloaded a program to remotely control a computer when opening the files.

The NSDC said there were similarities with the 2017 NotPetya cyber-attack which aimed to damage Ukrainian infrastructure.

During the visit to Germany Shmyhal also said as Ukraine seeks to work with Germany in the field of cyber security it is important to deepen sectoral cooperation, and Ukraine is willing to hold a second round of bi-lateral cyber consultations.

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