Major Ukrainian Telecoms Operator Hit By Cyberattack

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 29, 2022

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Ukrtelecom suffered its “most severe” cyberattack since Russia launched its offensive on Ukraine last month.

National ISP Hit

Ukraine’s national telecoms company Ukrtelecom got hit by a powerful cyberattack. It knocked its services almost completely offline. This is the latest in a series of hacks that have hit the country’s infrastructure and institutions since the invasion by Russia in February.

Yurii Shchyhol, the head of Ukraine’s technical security and intelligence service confirmed the incident.

"Today, the enemy launched a powerful cyberattack against Ukrtelecom’s IT-infrastructure," he said. “The attack was repelled. And now Ukrtelecom has an ability to begin restoring its services to the clients.”

Ukrtelecom’s spokesperson Mikhail Shuranov also confirmed that “the provision of services is gradually resumed”.

Network tracker Netblocks described the attack as “the most severe” since the war began. It reduced connectivity to about “13% of pre-war levels”, according to the internet monitor.

“The new attack has cut deep into Ukraine’s connectivity at national scale and with extended duration and impact,’ Netblocks director Alp Toker told Forbes. “Unlike the spate of cuts and outages in the most heated conflict zones, this one has struck the country’s national operator at its core, and they appear to be struggling to mitigate the incident.”

Russia has so far denied any involvement in cyberattacks and malware, including those on Ukrainian banking and government institutions.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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