Russia is officially accused of a cyberattack against a European satellite

The Ka-Sat satellite internet network operated by European and American companies broke down on February 24th. The Kremlin is said to be behind this operation.

We suspected it, but it’s now official. On May 10, 2022, the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom accuse the Russian authorities for carrying out a cyberattack against a European satellite. The network linked to the device mysteriously went down on February 24, the evening of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin quickly became the first suspect since this satellite, baptized Ka-Sat, is used for communications by the Ukrainian army. The Russian army would have liked to stir up trouble before launching its first strikes.

Except that the device also provides internet access to individuals. Customers of specialized operators Nordnet (a subsidiary of Orange) and Bigblu were affected by these disruptions and some damage rendered computer equipment unusable. Bigblu is committed to replacing faulty modems.

In a joint press releasethe member countries of the European Union denounce yet another example of Russia’s irresponsible behavior in cyberspace, which is integral to its illegal and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine ». The EU envisage « new measures to prevent, deter, deter and respond to such malicious behavior in cyberspace. The European Union will continue to provide coordinated political, financial and material support to Ukraine to strengthen its cyber resilience ».

A satellite intended to cover white areas

These cyberattacks would put “ jeopardize the security of European citizens “, can we read in the press release. The operation targeted Viasat’s KA-SAT network, the first European satellite entirely dedicated to high-speed satellite Internet access for the continent. The goal is to cover the white areas. It is operated by the European group Eutelsat and the American company Viasat.

The United States also pointed the finger at Russia from the end of March. In an article from Washington Postmembers of the US administration had anonymously accused the Kremlin.

In its press release, the United Kingdom specifies that it has ” already sanctioned Russian intelligence after its appalling actions in Salisbury (Skripal affair)” and frozen “ over £940bn in bank assets and £117bn in personal assets of oligarchs and their family members who fund Putin’s war machine ».

As for the United States, the national cyber defense services had blocked in March spyware also attributed to Russian hackers. On the other hand, it is difficult to link them to the Russian government.

The joint statement of May 10, on the other hand, represents the first direct accusation against the Kremlin.

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Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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