Russian Hackers Continue To Target Viasat In Ukraine, Europe; Hackers Also Targetting US Energy, Critical Infra

  • Hackers are crippling tens of thousands of satellite modems in Ukraine and across Europe continue to target Viasat Inc VSAT as it struggled to bring back users online, Reuters reports.
  • U.S. analysts held Russia's military intelligence agency responsible for the attack. A cyberattack remotely disabled Viasat's satellite modems just as Russian forces pushed into Ukraine on February 24.
  • The hackers launched a parallel attack at almost precisely the same time with "high volumes of focused, malicious traffic," which was still ongoing.
  • Reuters writes that the intruders exploited a misconfigured virtual private networking device to gain remote access to the management network for Viasat's KA-SAT satellite run by Italy's Skylogic.
  • The hackers sent rogue commands from inside the network to tens of thousands of modems, overwriting critical chunks of data in the device's memory and rendering them inoperable.
  • Viasat saw repeated attempts from the hackers to alter that pattern to test those new mitigations and defenses.
  • Nearly 30,000 new modems were already shipped to distributors to bring customers back online.
  • Russian hackers also scanned the systems of energy companies and other critical infrastructure in the U.S., Reuters reports.
  • The threat from Russia in a criminal sense, in the nation-state sense, was very real and current, an FBI director admitted.
  • The director added that the instances of Russian scanning networks in the U.S. energy sector had increased recently to try and understand a company's defenses to exploit its possible vulnerabilities.
  • In 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to put away specific critical infrastructure "off-limits" to cyberattacks.
  • Price Action: VSAT shares are trading higher by 0.04% at $49.36 on the last check Wednesday.

Posted In: BriefsGovernmentNewsRegulationsTechMedia

Ad Disclosure: The rate information is obtained by Bankrate from the listed institutions. Bankrate cannot guaranty the accuracy or availability of any rates shown above. Institutions may have different rates on their own websites than those posted on Bankrate.com. The listings that appear on this page are from companies from which this website receives compensation, which may impact how, where, and in what order products appear. This table does not include all companies or all available products.

All rates are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on location. These quotes are from banks, thrifts, and credit unions, some of whom have paid for a link to their own Web site where you can find additional information. Those with a paid link are our Advertisers. Those without a paid link are listings we obtain to improve the consumer shopping experience and are not Advertisers. To receive the Bankrate.com rate from an Advertiser, please identify yourself as a Bankrate customer. Bank and thrift deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Credit union deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Consumer Satisfaction: Bankrate attempts to verify the accuracy and availability of its Advertisers' terms through its quality assurance process and requires Advertisers to agree to our Terms and Conditions and to adhere to our Quality Control Program. If you believe that you have received an inaccurate quote or are otherwise not satisfied with the services provided to you by the institution you choose, please click here.

Rate collection and criteria: Click here for more information on rate collection and criteria.