Intel Agencies Probe Possible Russian Sabotage of Viasat's Communication Satellite
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Analysts for the National Security Agency, French government cybersecurity organization ANSSI, and Ukrainian intelligence are assessing whether the remote sabotage of a satellite internet provider owned by telecommunications firm Viasat was the work of Russian-state backed hackers preparing the battlefield by attempting to sever communications, according to three people with direct knowledge of the incident.
The hackers disabled modems that communicate with Viasat’s KA-SAT satellite, which supplies internet access to some customers in Europe, including Ukraine. More than two weeks later some remain offline, resellers say. KA-SAT has provided internet connectivity to the Ukrainian military and police units, and Viasat acts as a defense contractor for both the United States and multiple allies. (James Pearson, Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing and Joel Schect…
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