The Viasat cyber attack is blamed on Russia

The Viasat cyber attack is blamed on Russia

The European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom have all publicly implicated Russia for a cyberattack on the American communications provider Viasat on the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Viasat cyber attack is blamed on Russia

The attack was primarily directed at the Ukrainian military, but there was significant collateral damage, with thousands of Viasat users in Ukraine and “tens of thousands” of consumers across Europe experiencing internet outages.

The European Union’s Council released a statement in which it, along with its foreign allies, “strongly condemns” the attack on Viasat’s satellite KA-SAT network.

“This unacceptable cyberattack is yet another example of Russia’s continued pattern of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace, which also formed an integral part of its illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” the announcement reads. “Such behavior is contrary to the expectations set by all UN Member States, including the Russian Federation, of responsible State behavior and the intentions of States in cyberspace.”

Even today, more than two months since the start of the invasion and the cyberattack, the attack has not yet been fully remedied. “Tens of thousands” of terminals were destroyed in the attack, and their replacement is going to take a while. So far, Viasat has shipped some 30,000 routers to affected customers, it said.

Independent cybersecurity researchers are saying the Russians used wiper malware called “AcidRain” in the attack. AcidRain can remotely erase vulnerable modem endpoints.

The internet has proven to be the second front in the war between Russia and Ukraine. While hacktivists Anonymous, as well as numerous other hacking groups, used their skills to bring censored content to the Russian people, Russia has walled off its internet, tightly controls the media, and engages in cyber-espionage and destructive campaigns against Ukrainian infrastructure, government agencies, and their allies.

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