UK Blames Russia for Satellite Hack

The European Union and its member states blamed Russia for targeting the Viasat satellite an hour before Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The UK government disclosed Tuesday the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) assessment on Russian Military Intelligence, attributing to Russia the cyberattack that affected Viasat.

On February 24, Russia allegedly launched a cyberattack against Viasat, affecting the Ukrainian military and other internet customers. The European Commission said the attack also affected some EU member states. Viasat reported damages of “tens of thousands of terminals.”

NCSC also accused Russia of hacking Ukrainian government websites and deploying Whispergate destructive malware on January 13, weeks before the invasion.

The EU and its member states also condemned Russia’s cyberattacks. 

“This unacceptable cyberattack is yet another example of Russia’s continued pattern of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace, which also formed an integral part of its illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” the EU council said in a statement.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the UK government would continue to call out Russia on its aggressive attacks across land, sea, and cyberspace.

The EU has also pledged to continue its political, financial, and material support to Ukraine “to strengthen its cyber resilience.”


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