The European Union, working closely with its partners, is considering further steps to prevent, discourage, deter and respond to Russia’s malicious behaviour in cyberspace, and will continue to provide coordinated political, financial and material support to Ukraine to strengthen its cyber resilience.
In a declaration on behalf of the European Union, High Representative Josep Borrell strongly condemned the malicious cyber activity against Ukraine, which targeted the satellite KA-SAT network, operated by Viasat, and took place one hour before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. This cyberattack had a significant impact causing indiscriminate communication outages and disruptions across several public authorities, businesses and users in Ukraine, as well as affecting several EU Member States.
“This unacceptable cyberattack is yet another example of Russia’s continued pattern of irresponsible behaviour in cyberspace, which also formed an integral part of its illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine,” the declaration said.
Cyberattacks targeting Ukraine, including against critical infrastructure, could spill over into other countries and cause systemic effects putting the security of Europe’s citizens at risk, warned Borrell.
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