Russians allegedly storm Ukrainian ISP, blackmail it to switch to Russian networks

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May 16, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Ukraine’s state communications agency said Friday that Russian forces had invaded a Kherson-based Internet company and disconnected all equipment, threatening to confiscate it if the company did not connect to Russian networks.

The incident is the latest in a string of attacks mounted against Ukrainian Internet providers and satellite broadband services.

“Free access to information is a major threat to the enemy in the occupied territories of our country,” a statement released by the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection (SSSCIP) said. “As long as Ukrainians know about the true course of the war, Russian propaganda fails.”

Herb Lin, a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, said the attack is notable because of the fact that it involved physical force. He also said that denying Ukrainian people the ability to access accurate information about the war would bolster Russian disinformation efforts.

“This is an entirely different kind of cyberattack: This company is not being cyberattacked through the Internet. It is a cyberattack because its equipment is being commandeered by armed thugs.”

Herb Lin, Stanford’s Center for International Security and

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