SATELLITE operators have been placed on high alert over “possible threats” from Russia that could take critical communications networks offline.
The FBI and the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued the stark warning weeks after satellite giant Viasat was hit by a cyberattack.
A joint advisory “strongly encourages” companies to review their defenses in anticipation of similar attacks.
Although the sectors most at risk are not disclosed, parts of the US and other nations are dependent on it satellites for key communication, especially internet in remote areas.
They are also commonly used by aviation, government, media and the military, they reported TechCrunch.
All organizations are urged to “significantly lower their threshold for reporting and sharing leads of malicious cyber activity.”
Tens of thousands of customers were mysteriously taken offline when Viasat was targeted in February, including Ukraine.
US intelligence agencies are reportedly trying to identify the hackers who carried out the attack at the same time as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Experts have suggested the satellites were under attack, making it difficult for the Ukrainian military to communicate during the first Russian invasion.
The Russian invasion began in the early hours of February 24th.
The cyber attacks coincided with this.
Viasat is also a defense company for the US, so the cyber attack is worrying for many reasons.
“We currently believe this was an intentional, isolated and external cyber event,” said Viasat spokesman Chris Phillips.
“Viasat’s continuous and ongoing mitigation efforts have stabilized the KA-SAT network.
“Viasat is actively working with distributors to restore service to fixed-line broadband users in Europe affected by this event, with a focus on critical infrastructure and humanitarian relief.
“We continue to make significant progress and several resolution efforts have been completed while others are ongoing.”
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