US, UK Warn That Russia Has Been Hacking Routers Worldwide

US, UK Warn That Russia Has Been Hacking Routers Worldwide

Russia has rejected allegations from the United States and Britain that Russian-backed hackers are escalating cyberattacks on American and British companies, government operations and infrastructure.

The technical alert was issued by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security.

Additionally, Russian cyber attackers could potentially modify or deny traffic traversing through local government routers.

Taylor said that the incidents were unacceptable and that the Australian Government calls on all countries, including Russian Federation, not to take actions that could lead to damage of critical infrastructure that provide services to the public.

Ciaran Martin, Chief executive of the British government's National Cyber Security Centre, warned "they could be pre-positioning for use in times of tension".

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices!

It comes as the United Kingdom and U.S. last night issued an unprecedented joint warning about "malicious cyber activity" by the Kremlin.

US officials said they have been receiving information about "cyber actors" exploiting routers and switches across the globe since 2015 and determined it to be carried out by the Russian government.

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'When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back'.

"Network devices are ideal targets", the alert reads.

The PM's comments come as Australia have joined the United States in blaming Russian Federation for orchestrating mass cyber attacks. But they said they had no insight into the scope of how successful the attacks have been.

Minister for law enforcement and cyber security Angus Taylor said there was "no indication Australian information has been successfully compromised" in the attacks. Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the incident and condemned the recent strikes against Syria by the UK, US and France.

In the language of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) we should probably put this into some practical context because, as any experienced IT bod already knows, your computer and networking hardware will come under frequent attack from nearly the moment you go online.

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.

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

"We will bring every tool to bear against them in every corner of cyberspace", FBI's Howard Marshall who was also on the conference call during the statement said.

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