Ukraine’s leading cable operator Volia has been subjected to sustained cyberattacks in the last few days.
In a statement, it says that they have been focused on the city of Kharkiv and began on May 31. Although they were initially aimed at subscriber systems, they later switched to telecommunications infrastructure. As a result, more than 100,000 subscribers experienced problems using the internet, IPTV, multiscreen platforms and digital TV.
In total, a complete lack of access to services lasted 12 minutes on Sunday, May 31 and 45 minutes on June 1. An attack on the volia.com website was also recorded but it neutralised.
Volia notes that the types of attack -UDP flood and the overflow capacity of channels with traffic of more than 200 GB – were “massive and well-organised”. They originated from tens of thousands of different IP addresses around the world, including the US, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and others.
It also says: “Attacks of this magnitude have their customers and performers. Sometimes they are followed by extortion and other attempts to influence the company. Therefore, Volia firmly states: these attacks will not help criminals to achieve their goals, because the company operates exclusively within the law, protecting its service and each subscribe”.
The company has passed all available information to the cyber police to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.