Billionaire Ilon Musk said that Starlink satellite internet has so far successfully resisted Russian hackers’ attempts to jam and hack the system, but “they continue to ramp up their efforts.” In his message, he published a link to a new Reuters article.
Britain, Canada and the European Union said yesterday that Russia was behind a massive cyberattack on Ukraine’s satellite Internet network that led to tens of thousands of modems being disabled in the early days of the conflict in Ukraine.
The digital attack on the Viasat KA-SAT network occurred in late February. “This cyber attack had a significant impact, causing indiscriminate disruptions to communications between several government agencies, businesses and users in Ukraine, as well as affecting several EU member states,” the statement said.
A statement from the British Foreign Office quoted Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as saying that the cyber attack was a “deliberate Russian attack against Ukraine.” The statement quoted Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) as saying that the main target of the Russian attack was the Ukrainian military, but it also disrupted wind farms and Internet users in Central Europe.
Canadian officials said they were sharing cyber threat information and assistance with Ukraine. The remote sabotage led to “huge communication losses early in the conflict,” a cybersecurity expert said.