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Russia blamed for cyber attack targeting Ukraine by UK, US, and EU

Russia was accused by the US, UK and EU of cyber attacks on a Ukrainian satellite communication network.

Viasat is an American company that offers broadband-speed satellite internet connections. Viasat routers were taken offline by individuals and businesses just as the tanks arrived.

The EU stated that the cyberattack occurred one hour prior to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. This facilitates the military aggression.

The Foreign Office stated that although the main target was the Ukrainian military, there were other customers, including commercial internet users.

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5.800 German wind turbines were affected by the attack. They depended on Viasat routers to remote monitor and control.

According to the company, tens of thousand of its terminals had been destroyed and required replacement.

Liz Truss, UK Foreign Secretary, stated: “This is clear evidence of a deliberate attack by Russia on Ukraine that had significant consequences for ordinary people in Ukraine and across Europe.

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“We will continue calling out Russia’s unprovoked aggression and malign behavior across land, water, and cyberspace and we will ensure that it faces severe consequences.”

Viasat stated previously that it was working closely with wholesale distributors in order to bring its customers back online.

Viasat is a wholesale business and does not usually transact directly with end users. Distributors work directly with end customers and can identify the affected parties to help restore service.

According to the company, new modems will be provided in order to restore service as efficiently as possible.

It added that Viasat had already shipped tens or thousands of replacement modems directly to distributors and was ready to ship more modems as required.

In the EU’s statement, the attack was described as “yet other example of Russia’s continued pattern of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace which also formed an integral component of its illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.”

“This behavior is against the UN member states’ expectations, including those of the Russian Federation, for responsible state behaviour and the intentions states in cyberspace.

The EU stated that Russia must end this war immediately and put an end to all the suffering of the innocent people.

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