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Internet service of Ukrtelecom disrupted by cyber-attack

Since Russian military forces invaded in late February, the incident is the latest attack against Ukrainian internet service

After a “powerful” cyber-attack, a disruption in the internet service on Monday was experienced by Ukrtelecom (UTLM.PFT), a state-owned telecommunications company of Ukraine, according to Ukraine Government officials and company representatives.

Since Russian military forces invaded in late February, the incident is the latest attack against Ukrainian internet service.

“Today, the enemy launched a powerful cyber-attack against Ukrtelecom’s IT-infrastructure”, said Yurii Shchyhol, chairman of the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine. “The attack was repelled. And now Ukrtelecom has an ability to begin restoring it services to the clients”.

“Currently, the attack is repulsed, the provision of services is gradually resumed”, said Mikhail Shuranov, spokesperson of Ukrtelecom.

NetBlocks, which monitors internet service disruptions, on Monday, posted on Twitter that it saw “connectivity collapsing” with an “ongoing and intensifying nation-scale disruption”.

With Triolan, a smaller Ukrainian telecom company, a similar incident took place earlier this month, Forbes previously reported. Resulting in some local subscribers losing access, that company suffered a hack that reset some internal systems.

There had been “temporary difficulties with the installation of Internet sessions for Ukrtelecom customers”, said Ukrtelecom in a statement earlier in the day.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbour. Kyiv and the West consider this a pretext for an unprovoked invasion to try to topple the elected Ukrainian Government.

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