USA and United Kingdom blame Russian Federation for attacks on internet traffic controls

USA and United Kingdom blame Russian Federation for attacks on internet traffic controls

USA officials said this year that Russian military hackers compromised routers in South Korea in January and deployed new malware when the Olympics began in February.

The officials said the latest attacks affected a wide range of organisations - including internet service providers, private-sector firms and critical infrastructure providers.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of Britain's National Cyber Security Center, said Russian Federation had targeted "millions" of devices in both countries, often seeking to hack into individual homes or small businesses or to control their routers.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices! It has also been suggested that compromised hardware might not only allow hackers to gain access to user information, but it could also be used as a foundation for future attacks.

"The current state of U.S. and United Kingdom network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, threatens our respective safety, security, and economic well-being", the statement went on to warn. The UK government will continue to work with the US, other global allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions.

The Australian Government has banded together with the United States and United Kingdom in accusing Russian Federation of carrying out malicious global cyber attacks in 2017 targeting commercially available routers.

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Joyce said that the campaign is not an isolated incident and should be viewed in context of past Russian cyberattacks. It is unclear to what extent the attacks were successful, though officials noted they have confirmed some successful breaches.

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official for the US Department of Homeland Security.

The alert explains that Russian cyber actors can modify or deny traffic travelling through network infrastructure, without installing any new software on these devices. Stoked by the mainstream media's accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, tensions between Russia and the Western world have been steadily rising.

The announcement came in an unprecedented joint alert that underscored closer cooperation between Western governments fighting what they say is an ongoing, multifaceted hacking and online disinformation campaign by Moscow.

The United States and Great Britain are publicly accusing Russian Federation of undertaking a coordinated campaign to target and compromise home office and residential routers, switches and other network infrastructure devices around the globe.

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