With the Crimean crisis already on a high level, Russia supposedly took the next step to gain control over the Ukraine. At the beginning of the week, members of the Ukrainian parliament noticed their mobile communications had been blocked. Valentyn Nalivaichenko, head of Ukraine’s SBU security service, said in a news briefing: “I confirm that an…attack is under way on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row.”
He said the signal interference is coming from Russian-controlled Crimea and named Ukrtelecom as source of the attack. According to Ukrtelecom, armed men raided its facilities in Crimea last week and tampered with fibre optic cables. It is also said that Internet pages devoted to the Ukrainian protest movement were blocked.
So far, the attack doesn’t seem to be as bad as it was in Georgia 2008 or Estonia 2007. Georgia came under attack during a brief war over its pro-Moscow South Ossetia region. Estonia was hit by a 10-day attack. Government websites and internet services like online banking and news websites broke down under massive DDoS attacks.
Russia is skating on thin ice since cyber attacks on infrastructure could be seen as acts of war by NATO, provoking physical response.