Mixed results for Russia's aggressive Ukraine information war, experts say

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Jun 16, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

A top Ukrainian cybersecurity official said this week that the Russian campaign to wrest control over internet and phone networks in occupied Ukraine continues to grow, even as Russian forces intensify their shelling of telecommunications infrastructure.

The Russian outlet The Moscow Times reported Thursday that in areas of eastern Ukraine that Russian troops are occupying, a telecommunications company run by + 7 Telecom — a likely subsidiary of the Russian telecom giant MTS — has replaced Ukrainian mobile services. The news outlet quoted Ukrainians complaining about the poor reception and internet censorship that accompanied the shift.

“+ 7 Telecom’s arrival on the scene replaced the Ukrainian telecom operators in occupied territory [and] there’s a range of circumstantial evidence indicating the Russian telecom giant MTS is the ultimate beneficiary,” said Gavin Wilde, a disinformation expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who formerly served as a Russia director at the National Security Council. “As with so many schemes out of Moscow, third parties, cutouts and intermediaries obscure what otherwise seems self-evident: Russian power players have already begun carving up the information infrastructure in newly occupied Donbas.”

MTS is owned

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