The European Union and the United Kingdom accuse Russia of a failure of the Viasat satellite internet

The European Union and the United Kingdom accuse Russia of a failure of the Viasat satellite internet

The European Union and the United Kingdom have officially blamed the Russian government for the hack on satellite internet provider Viasat on February 24th.

The European Union and the United Kingdom accuse Russia of a failure of the Viasat satellite internet

As a result, the EU is debating whether or not to sanction Russia. “The European Union is contemplating additional efforts to prevent, dissuade, deter, and respond to such hostile behavior in cyberspace, in collaboration with its partners,” the governing body said.

The EU and the UK publicly denounced the Kremlin on Tuesday for the cyber strike, which knocked out the internet for thousands of Viasat users across Europe.

The hack occurred an hour before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. The goal was to shut down satellite internet access for Ukraine’s military. However, the ensuing hack also ensnared consumer and commercial customers, including wind farm operators in Europe.

Security researchers have uncovered the malware likely responsible for causing the disruption at Viasat. Dubbed AcidRain, the malware is designed to erase data from modems and routers, and has similarities with another malware strain that’s been connected to Russian state-sponsored hackers, according to the security firm SentinelOne.

The EU didn’t elaborate on the evidence linking Russia to the hack on Viasat. But the UK cited an analysis from its National Cyber Security Centre, which found that it was “almost certain Russia was responsible.” The US also contributed intelligence suggesting the Kremlin was behind the attack, the UK added.

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