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American leak, Moscow has a secret weapon against Starlink in Ukraine – Europe

(ANSA) – ROME, April 19 – Moscow has for months experimented with its own electronic warfare system, called Topol, to try to interrupt Starlink transmissions in Ukraine: this is what emerges from a classified US intelligence report obtained by The Washington Post (Wp).

Russia’s attempt to sabotage Ukrainian forces’ Internet access by targeting the Starlink satellite system that billionaire Elon Musk has been supplying to Kiev since the early days of the war “appears to be more advanced than previously known,” he wrote in the American newspaper.

The document, which is part of a series of top secret papers leaked online via messaging platform Discord and dating back to last month, does not indicate whether the Russian tests were successful.

However, the intelligence discovery is still surprising, notes the Washington Post, as it appears to confirm what experts previously assumed: namely, that software ostensibly designed to protect the Kremlin’s satellites could also be used to attack its adversaries.

SpaceX, which owns Starlink, declined to comment. Last spring, Musk commented on the Kremlin’s attempts to target his technology, and in May tweeted that the Russians were stepping up efforts to attack Starlink. (handle).

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