Billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday that his Starlink system was far ahead of its competition in defeating so-called Russian cyber attacks on satellite internet providers. He was commenting on the West’s new claim that Moscow had targeted a rival network in February. Moscow has denied waging cyber warfare on both systems.
The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union officially blamed Russia this week for a hacking attack that took thousands of modems offline using Viasat’s KA-SAT broadband Internet network. In the early days of the Russian military offensive against their neighbor, the aim was to disrupt Ukraine’s military communications using French satellite links, they claimed. Musk shared the news on his Twitter account before claiming his own system was more resilient to tampering.
“Starlink has so far resisted Russian cyberwar jamming and hacking attempts,” he said. Musk commented, referring to his own firm, which competes in the market for satellite broadband Internet supplies. Made musk in late March Similar Comment, similarly commented on the KA-SAT hack allegations against Russia.
Following a public appeal by the country’s deputy prime minister, Musk reportedly sent 5,000 sets of ground equipment to his space-connected network, winning online praise for his “get things done” attitude and quick action. The move was intended as a philanthropic gesture of support for the struggling nation, but according to the Washington Post, the gear was actually funded by the American government.
Last month, Dave Trumper, director of electronic warfare at the Secretary of Defense’s office, claimed at a conference that Starlink had tackled Russian jamming efforts in Ukraine with a single software update and that the U.S. military had done more than it could at the same time. Scenario
“The way Stirling was able to upgrade when a threat was posed, we have to be quick.” He was reported as said.
Some Russian officials, particularly space chief Dmitry Roggin, argued that the situation at Operation Starlink in Ukraine served as evidence that the system should be considered a Western military capability and a potential threat to Russia’s national security.
The Russian space agency cited the same dual-use concern as it canceled a March launch scheduled for another satellite internet provider, OneWeb. The firm, which counts the British government among its shareholders, has previously said it no longer wants Russian space services to place its assets.
This week, Rogozin claimed that military helicopters were used to supply Starlink terminals to the nationalist Azov Battalion in the port of Mariupol, suggesting that by providing their communications services, Musk could be involved in their alleged war crimes. The billionaire took issue with the characterization of Rogozin’s unit “Nazi” And Comments That “There are no angels in war.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday commented on the hacking allegations, reiterating Russia’s refusal to target the Vyasat or Starlink networks.
“Blaming Russia for any and all attacks on IT security is now everyone’s favorite hobby.” He said that in fact Russia has been the victim of serious cyber attacks lately.
Russia invaded the neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The Minsk Protocol, mediated by the Germans and the French, was designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.
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