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Ukraine’s Main Telecom Provider Hit by Massive Cyberattack

Ukraine's Telecom Hit by Cyberattack

Ukrainian cyber authorities stated that Russia was responsible for the major cyberattack that forced Ukrtelecom to shut down their internet service, affecting many users.

“Today, the enemy launched a powerful cyberattack against Urktelecom’s IT-infrastructure,” the country’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection (SSSCIP) tweeted on Monday.

According to Netblocks, the interruption was substantial, reduciong the Telecom provider’s entire network connectivity from 83 percent to 13 percent.

Ukrtelecom confirmed the incident on their Facebook page, describing it as a “powerful cyber attack.” This was claimed to be the worst internet disruption in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

“In order to preserve its network infrastructure and to continue providing services to Ukraine’s Armed Forces and other military formations as well as to the customers, Ukrtelecom has temporarily limited its services to the majority of private users and business-clients,” the SSSCIP added. 

Ukraine has recently suffered several network failures. This is often the result of the Russian military bombing and destroying local telecommunications and energy networks. Meanwhile, a large number of computers and servers in Ukraine have logged infiltration attempts by malware capable of disabling Windows PCs.