The Internet has been disrupted in Ukraine following a ‘powerful’ cyber attack on a state-run telecom

Ukraine’s state-owned telecommunications company Ukraine Telecom has disrupted internet services following a “powerful” cyber attack on Monday, according to Ukrainian government officials and company representatives. The incident is the latest in a series of hacking attacks on Ukraine’s Internet services since the Russian military invaded in late February.

“Today, the enemy has launched a powerful cyber attack against Ukrtelecom’s IT infrastructure,” said Yuri Schichohol, chairman of Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection. “The attack was repulsed. And now Ukrtelecom’s clients have the power to start recovering its services.”

“Currently, the attack has been withdrawn, the provision of services has been gradually resumed,” said Mikhail Shuranov, spokesman for Ukrtelecom. Netblocks, which monitors Internet service disruptions, posted on Twitter early Monday that it had seen “connection disruptions”, including “ongoing and severe race-scale disruptions.”

A similar incident happened earlier this month with Triolan, a small Ukrainian telecom company, according to Forbes. That company has been the victim of a hack that reset some internal systems, causing some local customers to lose access.

Ukrtelecom said in a statement earlier in the day that it had “temporary difficulties” installing new Internet sessions for Ukrtelecom customers.

Russia has called for a “special military operation” to disarm and “exclude” its neighbors in Ukraine. Kyiv and the West see this as an excuse for an unpleasant attack to try to overthrow the elected Ukrainian government.

Thomson Reuters 2022

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