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U.S. and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

U.S. and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

Though the governments are not sure how many devices have been compromised by the hackers nor what the objective is, the targeting affects millions of devices globally, USA officials said on a call with reporters Monday morning.

"For over twenty years, GCHQ has been tracking the key Russian cyber-attack groups and today's joint UK-US alert shows that the threat has not gone away".

The US Department of Homeland Security said the hacking was part of a broad operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe, which DHS says comprises concerting cyberattacks by Moscow's civilian and military intelligence agencies.

"Extracted configuration files may contain sensitive information, such as device administrative credentials, and could be used to compromise the router/switch and enable targeting of other devices on the network".

"The U.S. Government assesses that cyber actors supported by the Russian government carried out this worldwide campaign". Second, this type of attack strategy lets Russian Federation peer at the data that's passing through compromised devices, whether it's personal of business related.

Hackers also sought to undermine the firewalls and intrusion detection system devices.

Russian Federation is being accused of a massive campaign to undermine the security of firewalls and routers in a bid to support espionage and future attacks.

A RUSSIAN journalist who wrote about mercenaries from the country being killed in clashes with United States troops in Syria has died after a mystery fall.

What no-one is quite sure of is whether this creates a deterrent a bit like mutually assured nuclear destruction in the Cold War.




"We assess the goals of the campaign include espionage and intellectual property theft", he said.

The alert said the targets of the campaign were primarily "government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers, and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors".

"When we see malicious cyber-activity, whether Kremlin or other nation state actors, we are going to push back", said Mr Joyce.

"Many of the techniques used by Russian Federation exploit basic weaknesses in network systems". Lastly, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate if a device has been already compromised.

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, called it "a very significant moment as we hold Russian Federation to account and we improve our cyber defenses at the same time".

The advice given to firms has included ways to configure their systems correctly and how to apply patches to address hardware vulnerabilities.

"We'll continue to follow the actions of our Russian adversaries and we'll bring every tool to bear against them in every corner of cyber space", said Howard Marshall, Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The UK government will continue to work with the USA, other global allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions", Martin added.


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