Westerners accuse Russia of crippling satellites to prepare for the invasion of Ukraine

Westerners accuse Russia of crippling satellites to prepare for the invasion of Ukraine

The EU has so far claimed that the cyberattacks came “from within Russia”, without directly accusing the Russian authorities.

The Europeans and the United States formally accused the Russian authorities on Tuesday, May 10, of having carried out a cyberattack against a network of satellites just before its offensive against Ukraine, at the end of February, to prepare the ground.

We can attribute it to the Russian government“, declared the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell in front of the press in Brussels, specifying that it was the first time that the European Union openly accused the power of Moscow of being responsible for a cyberattack.

Russian authorities incriminated

The cyberattack took place an hour before Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, facilitating military aggressionsays the EU in a statement on behalf of the 27 member states. “The attack caused significant disruptions in communications that affected public services, businesses and citizen users in Ukraine, and it also affected several EU member states“, she recalls.

“This is clear and shocking evidence of a deliberate and malicious Russian attack on Ukraine, which has had significant consequences for ordinary citizens and businesses in Ukraine and across Europe”

Liz Truss, UK Foreign Secretary.

The European Union and its Member States, together with its international partners, strongly condemn the malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which has targeted the KA-SAT satellite network, operated by Viasat.The EU has so far claimed that the cyberattacks come fromfrom within Russia“, but without directly incriminating the Russian authorities.

In coordination with its European allies, the United States released its own analysis, blaming the hack on Moscow. According to the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken, the attack hasdecommissioned VSATs in Ukraine and across Europe“which make it work in particular”wind turbines” and “bring the internet to ordinary citizens“.

‘Deliberate attack’

Washington also accuses the cyber agents of the Russian army of having “deployed multiple malware families wiper””, which erases all data from the targeted computers, “in Ukrainian government and private sector networks“. “These destabilizing cyber operations began in January” and “continued during the waradded the US Secretary of State in a statement.

This is clear and shocking evidence of a deliberate and malicious Russian attack on Ukraine, which had significant consequences for ordinary citizens and businesses in Ukraine and across Europe.added UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. The European Union envisages in its declaration oftake further steps to prevent, deter, deter and respond to such malicious behavior in cyberspace“, in coordination with its allies.

Helping Kyiv strengthen its cyber defenses

Westerners also promise to continue to help kyiv strengthen its cyber defenses. The attack on US satellite operator Viasat knocked thousands of internet users offline in Germany, France, Hungary, Greece, Italy and Poland.

Viasat said tens of thousands of terminals had been damaged, rendered unusable and could not be repaired“, said the British Foreign Office. Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor in the early hours of February 24, seeking to take the capital, kyiv. The assault has now lasted for more than two months and the resistance of the Ukrainians has inflicted heavy losses on the Russian army, forced to refocus its attack on the east of the country.

The military and experts have feared that Russia’s war in Ukraine could lead to a wave of devastating cyberattacks that could have a global effect. But the worst-case scenario has been avoided so far, as the observed attacks appear to be contained in their impact and geographic reach.


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