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Ukraine: internet restored after attack on national network

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(ANSA) – MILAN, MARCH 29 – The internet connection for the customers of Ukrtelecom, one of the web service providers in Ukraine, was restored today after a blackout lasting about 15 hours due to a cyber attack: this was announced on State Service for Special Communications and Personal Data Protection (SSSCIP Ukraine) on your Twitter account.

For its part, the company that monitors the health of the network globally, NetBlocks, confirmed that “on Monday, March 28, a serious cyber attack on the Ukrainian national provider Ukrtelecom triggered a nationwide network outage”, underlining that “the incident has progressively intensified over the course of the day, causing the disconnection of an increasing number of subscribers”.

Yesterday evening, Ukrtelecom also confirmed the cyber attack on its main infrastructure with a message posted on Facebook. Ukrtelecom services mainly reach rural areas of Ukraine.

State-owned until a few years ago, the company is controlled by Rinat Akhmetov, one of the richest people in the country. In an interview with The Record website, just hours before the blackout, the head of the provider’s technical department, Dmytro Mykytiuk, explained that thousands of employees were working to repair the lines physically interrupted by the Russian bombing. Ukrtelecom had already experienced two outages in internet traffic, on 8 and 10 March, but of shorter duration and of lesser extent. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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