Blinken: Russia launched cyber attacks to disrupt Kiev at the start of the war

The United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union said on Tuesday that Russia was behind a massive cyber attack on a satellite internet that knocked out tens of thousands of modems at the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The digital attack on the “KASat” network of “Viasat” took place at the end of February in coinciding with the entry of Russian armored vehicles in Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the cyber attack was aimed at “disrupting the command and control of Ukraine during the invasion and that such actions had spillover effects on other European countries”.

Blinken added that the effects of these Russian measures have spread to other European countries. She added that the United States and its allies and partners are taking steps to counter Russia’s actions.

He added that the United States has developed new mechanisms to help Ukraine identify cyber threats and mitigate the effects of cyber incidents.

For her part, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss described the cyber attack via Internet via satellite as “deliberate and harmful”.

As for the European Council, he said that this attack caused a “random disruption of communications” in Ukraine e in some Member States of the European Union.

The Vyasat disruption remains the most visible cyberattack carried out since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, in part because the hack had direct consequences for internet users via satellite in all over Europe and why malfunctioning modems have often been replaced.

Rob Joyce, director of cybersecurity at the US National Security Agency, told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference today Tuesday that after the modems failed to connect to the internet, they didn’t work again, adding that the internet it was completely discontinued and the modems needed to be replaced.

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