Canada condemns Russia’s cyberattack on Ukraine conducted prior to the full-scale invasion, which caused internet disruptions across Europe.
This is according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mélanie Joly, reports a correspondent of Ukrinform.
“Canada strongly condemns Russia’s destructive cyber activity targeting the European telecommunications sector on February 24, 2022. Canada joins its partners and allies in attributing this activity to Russia,” the statement said.
She recalls that on February 24, disruptive cyber activity directly targeted the Viasat KA-SAT satellite internet service in Ukraine, rendering critical internet and communications infrastructure inoperable. This activity disrupted the internet connectivity of tens of thousands of people across Europe.
“Canada believes that the Russian military is behind this incident. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, its malicious cyber activities and blatant disinformation campaigns are unacceptable and must stop,” Joly said.
“Canada is also sharing valuable cyber threat intelligence and providing cyber assistance to Ukraine in an effort to bolster that country’s defense against an unprovoked and unlawful Russian invasion.
“This most recent incident underscores a pattern of disruptive cyber activity that demonstrates a repeated disregard for the rules-based international order. This activity also demonstrates Russia’s willingness to use its cyber capabilities irresponsibly,” the statement concluded.