Satellite company Viasat probes suspected cyberattacks in Ukraine and elsewhere

FILE PHOTO: Illustration showing small toy figures with laptops and smartphones in front of a displayed Viasat Internet logo
FILE IMAGE: Small toy figures with laptops and smartphones are seen in front of the displayed Viasat Internet logo, in this illustration taken December 5, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

February 28, 2022

(Fixed the fourth paragraph to clarify that there is no indication regarding customer data)

(Reuters) – U.S. satellite communications company Viasat Inc said on Monday it was investigating a suspected cyberattack that caused a partial outage of residential broadband services in Ukraine and other regions. other European countries.

Viasat said a third-party cybersecurity company was looking into the cause of an outage in recent days on its KA-SAT network, which provides high-speed satellite internet coverage in the Philippines. European and Mediterranean markets.

The outage could have been caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, Sky News reported on Monday. Such attacks hit several Ukrainian banks and government websites just before the Russian invasion last week.

“Our investigation into the outage continues, but so far we believe it was caused by a network event,” the company said in a statement, adding that “there is no sign of it.” sign” shows relevant customer data.

The government of President Vladimir Putin accused Western countries of fabricating accusations of cyberwar to blacken Russia’s name.

(The story revises the fourth paragraph to make it clear that there is no indication that customer data is involved.)

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Andrew Cawthorne) Satellite company Viasat probes suspected cyberattacks in Ukraine and elsewhere

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