Russia’s US satellite hack in Ukraine, and Shanghai’s intensifying covid lockdown

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An hour before the Ukrainian invasion, Russia hacked a US satellite company

what happened: An hour before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Russian government hackers targeted the American satellite company Vyasat, US, EU and UK officials have confirmed. The operation resulted in immediate and significant loss of communications for the Ukrainian army in the early days of the war.

How it unfolded: In the February 24 attack, destructive “Viper” malware was launched against Viasat modems and routers, quickly erasing all data on the system. The machines then rebooted and were permanently disabled. In this way thousands of terminals were effectively destroyed.

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