- Russia has stepped up efforts to hack SpaceX’s Starlink internet in Ukraine, Elon Musk has said.
- So far, Starlink has managed to resist Russia’s attempts to hack the technology, Musk said.
- Starlink’s satellite network has helped Ukrainians stay online during the war.
Elon Musk said Tuesday that Russia has increased its efforts to block SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, but have been unsuccessful.
“Starlink has resisted Russian cyber warfare hacking and interference attempts so far, but they are ramping up their efforts,” Musk tweeted.
The CEO of SpaceX linked to a Reuters article, published on Tuesday, which reported that Russia carried out a cyberattack against a satellite
provider Viasat on the day in February that President Vladimir Putin’s troops advanced into Ukraine, according to Western officials.
The UK government said in a press release on Tuesday that the hack left thousands of Viasat users without an internet connection, affecting people in Ukraine and other EU member states. It was the most public cyber attack since Russia began its war against Ukraine, Reuters reported.
There was no indication that Starlink had been affected or targeted by the cyberattack cited in Tuesday’s reports.
Russian hostility towards Starlink and Musk appears to have increased since Starlink began shipping terminals to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion and subsequent Internet access disruption. Starlink sent the technology after Mikhail Fedorov, the country’s deputy prime minister, asked Musk for help in late February. starlink has allegedly helped Ukrainian troops stay online amid Russian invasion.
Musk first announced in March that Russia had tried to attack the Starlink network but saying that the company, at the time, “resisted all attempts at hacking and interference.”
Dave Tremper, a Pentagon official, told the C4ISRNET Conference in April that Starlink quickly fought off a Russian jamming attack in Ukraine and defended the attack much faster than the US military would have.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment about Russia trying to hack Starlink, which has gained 150,000 daily users in Ukraine since going live there in February.
The company has continued to send shipments of Starlink terminals to Ukraine, according to tweet for Fyodorov. The service has provided “crucial support for the infrastructure of Ukraine and the restoration of the destroyed territories,” Fedorov said. saying.
Musk appeared to joke Sunday that he could “die under mysterious circumstances” following a statement he said Roscosmos space chief Dmitry Rogozin made to Russian state media. A translation published by Musk of the statement said that Starlink terminals had been supplied to the Ukrainian military and that Musk would be “responsible.”