Washington, March 27: The Russian military hacked into a European satellite internet service that was affecting Ukrainian military communications, according to US government officials.
The cyberattack hit the KA-SAT satellite broadband network, owned by Viasat, an American satellite communications company, as Russia began an invasion of Ukraine last month, officials told the Washington Post. .
Western intelligence agencies had launched an investigation into the cyberattack that hit Viasat, causing a huge communications blackout across Europe.
“We currently believe this was a deliberate, isolated and external cyber event,” Viasat spokesman Chris Phillips said.
Viasat officials told Air Force Magazine that the attack was carried out through a compromise in the system that manages customers’ satellite terminals.
US President Biden advised companies to take extra precautions against hacking, citing “evolving intelligence” that Russia was preparing to target the United States with cyberattacks.
Last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning, saying they were aware of possible threats to US and international satellite communications (SATCOM) networks.
Successful intrusions into SATCOM networks could create risks in network providers’ customer environments.
CISA and the FBI have strongly encouraged critical infrastructure organizations and other organizations that are either SATCOM network providers or customers to review and implement the mitigations described in this CSA to enhance cybersecurity. of the SATCOM network.