Denmark MOD: Russia Behind Cyberattack On Satellite Equipment Leading Up To Ukrainian Invasion
EUROPE - Denmark's Ministry of Defense says that they have "credible information" that attributes a cyberattack on satellite equipment operated by the Viasat satellite company to Russia prior to the invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.
Denmark's MOD released a statement saying: "During the initial faces of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a destructive cyberattack was carried out against US-owned satellite company Viasat. The attack targeted equipment connected to a so-called KA-SAT satellite, and its purpose was to hit the communication channels of the Ukrainian armed forces. The attack left thousands of Ukrainians without internet and had significant spillover effects in several other European countries. Public media are reporting about tens of thousands of Europeans without internet and up to 5,800 wind turbines affected in Central Europe. There is currently no information about spill-over effects in Denmark.
Denmark assesses – along with the EU and close allies – that Russia was behind the cyberattack and that Russia was aware of its destructive effects beyond Ukraine. Denmark strongly condemns Russia’s destructive use of cyberattacks against critical infrastructure, including in Ukraine. Russia should immediately stop its illegal invasion of Ukraine".
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Jeppe Kofod says: “This attack once again displays Russia’s total lack of respect for international rules and norms. It clearly highlights why we need to strengthen international cooperation to fight cyber threats. The attack had significant consequences, not only in Ukraine but in several EU countries. That is completely unacceptable. Denmark has pushed for the toughest possible sanctions against Russia from the beginning and will continue to do so. Russia’s reckless use of cyber weapons against critical infrastructure in Ukraine deserves international condemnation. That is why we now attribute this cyber attack to Russia.”
Minister of Defense of Denmark Morten Bødskov says: “The target of the Russian cyberattack on Ukraine on February 24 was critical satellite equipment which paralyzed satellite-based communication channels of the Ukrainian defense, just as the attack had spill-over-effects in several EU countries. I fully dissociate myself from Russia’s actions. Russia’s coordinated and destructive cyberattack before the invasion of Ukraine shows that cyberattacks are used actively and strategically in modern-day warfare, even if the threat and consequences of a cyberattack are not always visible to the public. The cyber threat is constant and evolving. Cyberattacks can do great damage to our critical infrastructure with fatal consequences.”