UK, EU, US formally blame Russia for Viasat satellite hack before Ukraine invasion

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May 10, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The European Union and the United Kingdom formally blamed the Russian government for the Feb. 24 hack of satellite modems in Europe in the hours before the invasion of Ukraine.

The formal attribution came in coordinated statements Tuesday from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre and the Council of the European Union. The British statement — which cites “new UK and US intelligence” — noted that the Viasat hack was just one of several cyberattacks the Russian government launched prior to the invasion of Ukraine, including the Jan. 13 defacement of Ukrainian websites and the deployment of destructive malware researchers later dubbed Whispergate.

The governments of Canada and Australia also issued statements Tuesday blaming the Russian government for the Viasat hack. The government of New Zealand issued a statement Tuesday announcing sanctions “targeting disinformation and those responsible for cyber attacks on Ukraine,” without specifically mentioning Viasat.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment about U.S. plans for formal attribution. Anonymous U.S. officials told the Washington Post on March 24 that Russian military hackers were behind the attack,

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