At the beginning of the war, the United Kingdom accused Russia of hacking satellite internet

At the beginning of the war, the United Kingdom accused Russia of hacking satellite internet

Russia was behind a cyber-attack on American commercial satellite internet company Viasat.

At the beginning of the war, the United Kingdom accused Russia of hacking satellite internet

Thousands of Ukrainian customers were disrupted, as were wind farms and internet users in Central Europe.

On February 24, roughly an hour before Russia invaded Ukraine, the attack began.

Officials have long suspected Russia of being to blame, but have lacked the evidence to officially declare so.

The cyber-attack damaged “tens of thousands of terminals” beyond repair, according to the business, though its core network infrastructure and the satellite itself were unharmed.

Viasat supplies commercial and military customers with high-speed satellite broadband.

Now, a joint announcement by the EU, UK, US and other allies confirms long-held suspicions the primary target was the Ukrainian military.

And the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said it was “almost certain” Russia was behind the attack.

The war in Ukraine has seen the most sustained offensive of cyber-operations one country has launched against another, a British intelligence official says. Some were surprised there was not more evidence of destructive attacks when the invasion began.

But it has taken time for a fuller picture to emerge – such as this major attack on satellite communications now linked to Russia. Directly in support of military operations, this attack also spilled over to other countries.

So far though, Russia has not launched wider attacks against Western targets. And one reason we may not have seen the scale of destructive activity inside Ukraine that some predicted, the intelligence official says, is Russia’s offense came up against a country that had worked hard on its defences and could see off many of the attacks.

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