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The European Union and the UK government accused Russia of conducting several hacks linked to its invasion in Ukraine, including one against a satellite provider of high-speed internet in Europe.
On Tuesday, the EU and the UK put out press releases officially attributing the Viasat hack to the Russian government.
“The European Union and its Member States, together with its international partners, strongly condemn the malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which targeted the satellite KA-SAT network, operated by Viasat,” read the press release from the EU.
The UK government accused Russia of several other attacks during the invasion of Ukraine, saying the attribution was based on “UK and US intelligence.”
“The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) assesses that the Russian Military Intelligence was almost certainly involved in the 13 January defacements of Ukrainian government websites and the deployment of Whispergate destructive malware. The NCSC also assesses that it is almost certain Russia was responsible for the subsequent cyber-attack impacting Viasat on 24 February,” the UK government’s press release read.
The release said the U.S. government “and other allies” also backed the accusation. When the EU and UK put out statements, no U.S. government agency had published any release yet.
A few hours later the U.S. State