Starlink is Satellite Internet Company owned by Elon Musk and it was activated in Ukraine after Russia crippled the country’s communication systems during the ongoing war
Recently, Musk had tweeted that Starlink Satellites team has been successful in resisting hacking and jamming attempts by Russian hackers but cautioned that they are ramping up their efforts.
Following the communication blackout in Ukraine, Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedovor called out Musk on Twitter for activating the Starlink services.
On 10th May, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken revealed in a statement that Russia launched a massive cyber attack earlier, which disabled tens of thousands of terminals outside of Ukraine that supported wind turbines and provide internet services to citizens.
In a tweet by Blinken, “Russia’s cyber activities targeting Ukraine may be less visible than its missile and artillery bombardments, but they are key pieces of the Kremlin’s unjustified war.”
However, Starlink has resisted to the Russian cyber attacks and is the only non-Russian communications system active in Ukraine.
It is no secret that Starlink is now the backbone of Ukraine’s communication services and there are over 10,000 Starlink antennas that are providing internet to the country.
Latterly, Fedorov tweeted that Starlink currently has around 150k daily users in the country and added that the internet services are providing “crucial support for Ukraine’s infrastructure and restoring the destroyed territories.”
Impressed with the anti-hacking systems, Pentagon praised the Starlink Engineers and even admitted that the US military needs to have the same agility.
In a statement Blinken, on behalf of America’s allies, condemned Russia’s “destructive cyber activities against Ukraine” and revealed the cybercrimes committed by Moscow.
The Department of Defense stated, Ukraine experienced a series of cyber operations such as “website defacements, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and cyber-attacks to delete data from computers belonging to government and private entities”.
The US alleges that these cyber attacks were carried out by Russia in January 2022, which was weeks before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation on Kyiv, the Capital of Ukraine.
Upholding the rules-based international order in cyberspace, the statement said that the US has developed “new mechanisms to help Ukraine identify cyber threats and recover from cyber incidents”