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The internet and mobile network in Ukraine were disrupted on October 10 and 11 after Russia’s heavy missile strike on its critical infrastructure. Ukraine is facing power outages due to the 84 Russian missiles that were launched at the country on October 10. Several residential buildings, healthcare facilities, cultural institutions, infrastructure sites, and schools were damaged in the attack.
Cloudflare tweeted recently that data consumption dropped up to 35% in the country on October 10. “Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been disrupted after multiple explosions caused widespread power outages. @Cloudflare data shows that Internet levels in the country dropped after 06:15 UTC and were 35% below the usual at 07:30 UTC.”
Internet connectivity in #Ukraine has been disrupted after multiple explosions caused widespread power outages.@Cloudflare data shows that Internet levels in the country dropped after 06:15 UTC and were 35% below the usual at 07:30 UTC. https://t.co/POiZGBMxdn pic.twitter.com/EMBIpOQqhq
— Cloudflare Radar (@CloudflareRadar) October 10, 2022
As per news reports, people in Ukraine are urged to decrease their mobile communications and electricity usage by local authorities in order to reduce the load on the country’s telecommunication infrastructure and energy facilities.
In an October 10 post on Telegram, Ukraine’s vice prime minister and minister of digital transformation Mykhailo Fedorov stated that mobile carriers and internet providers are relying on generators and Elon Musk’s internet service Starlink. “Since the beginning of the war, they have learned how to restore communication as quickly as possible,” the post read.
Meanwhile, Russian hackers launched a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Ukraine’s Monobank, a digital banking service accessible using a mobile device. The service was disrupted with over six million requests per minute. Such attacks impact the proper functioning of the systems causing delays and even crashing them.
Monobank announced a campaign to raise money for its nation amid the war. The company was also planning to launch another fundraising initiative on October 12, which was impacted by the attack. Despite the losses, the company managed to raise over 40 million UAH in a few hours on October 10. Monobank co-founder Oleh Horohovskyi wrote on Telegram that his company will survive the ongoing attacks and it will continue to donate to its nation’s armed forces.