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This is the story of NotPetya. Which seems to be the first time we’ve seen what a cyber war looks like. In the summer of 2017 Ukraine suffered a serious and catastrophic cyber attack on their whole country. Hear how it went down, what got hit, and who was responsible.


Thanks to Andy Greenberg for his research and sharing this story. I urge you to get his book Sandworm because it’s a great story. Affiliate link below.


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Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

Episode artwork by odibagas.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.

Additional music by Epidemic Sound.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, a cloudlifter, Audient ID4, Sony MDR7506 headphones, and Hindenburg audio editor.



JACK: Hey, before we get started, check out the episode right before this one. It’s called Shadow Brokers. It kind of sets you up for this one. [MUSIC] This is the story of NotPetya and it took place in the spring of 2017. There was some weird tension between the US and Russia during that time. Donald Trump was President of the US and it’s widely-known that the Russians used the internet to meddle with the election. I mean, the FBI has indicted twelve hackers who were working with the Russian government that have allegedly hacked the DNC and Clinton’s e-mail servers which had a critical role in the 2016 election. The relationship between Trump and Putin is weird and mysterious; a ton of allegations are floating around that a lot of back channel support is given to Trump from Russia. But what is clear is that Russia likes to quarrel with Ukraine. They’ve been fighting over things for a long time but in the last eight years, things have really heated up.

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