US, EU and Britain suspected Russia of cyberattacks on Europe
The UK Foreign Office said the Russian-backed cyberattack affected Viasat's operations in Ukraine, but also disrupted the Internet in Central Europe. Russia has previously denied involvement in cyberattacks
Russia has been behind a series of cyber attacks since the start of a military special operation in Ukraine, the EU, UK, US and other allies believe.
“The most recent the attack on the communications company Viasat in Ukraine had a wider impact across the continent, disrupting wind farms and Internet users in Central Europe,— said the British Foreign Office.
According to the UK National Cyber Security Centre, Russian military intelligence may be involved in the attack on Ukrainian government websites on January 13 and the deployment of Whispergate malware, as well as in the cyber attack on Viasat on February 24.
The US State Department said that Washington supports Kyiv, strengthening the country's cyber defense. Thus, the FBI provides direct support to law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, including informing Ukrainian partners about the “cyber operations of the Russian special services.”
Also, the FBI, the State Department and other US government agencies provided assistance to Ukraine in the purchase of equipment and software to support network protection.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided more than 6.7 thousand emergency communication devices, including satellite phones and data terminals, government officials and critical infrastructure operators in key sectors such as energy and telecommunications.
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The US government has worked closely with Ukrainian ministries until February of this year to ensure Ukraine's cyber resilience, including by providing more than $40 million in aid since 2017.
In mid-January, hackers attacked at least 70 Ukrainian websites, including the portals of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports and other departments of Ukraine. On the pages of departments, unknown people posted messages in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. They urged Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst.” The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine stated that Russia was involved in the cyber attack.
After that, on February 13, representatives of the White House, US intelligence, the US Department of Homeland Security and other US agencies discussed preparations for repelling cyber attacks in Ukraine, CNN reported quoting sources in the US administration.
The Russian embassy in the United States said that Moscow categorically rejects accusations from the administration of US President Joe Biden of involvement in cyber attacks on Ukrainian government websites.
« ;Russia has nothing to do with the mentioned events and, in principle, has never carried out and does not conduct “malicious” operations in the virtual space»,— assured in the diplomatic mission.
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