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United States and UK blame Russian Federation for cyber hacks on internet routers worldwide

US British Governments Warn Businesses Worldwide of Russian Campaign to Hack Routers United States and UK blame Russian Federation for cyber hacks on internet routers worldwide
Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 11:21

"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace so tackling them is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our USA allies", Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, said in a statement.

U.S. and United Kingdom officials said that they have "high confidence" that cyber actors supported by the Russian government have carried out a coordinated campaign to gain access to these routers. This is because if the reports are to be believed, Russian Federation has apparently been hacking routers in homes around the world.

Officials said they had "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the campaign.

Taylor said while the devices could have been used to access sensitive data, there was "no indication" Australian information had been compromised.

"We have high confidence that Russian Federation has carried out a coordinated campaign to compromise. routers, residential and business - the things you and I have in our home", said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator. "We expect the British government to declare the same".

Following the US-UK alert, Australian government issued a statement joining its allies in "expressing concern at the malicious cyber activity targeting commercially available routers around the world". Finally, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate a device has been compromised.

For owners, they're asked to ensure network devices are up-to-date, change default passwords, and ensure the firmware on the device is from a trusted source.

Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC, said Russian Federation was: "our most capable hostile adversary in cyber-space, so dealing with their attacks is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our U.S. allies".

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

The unusual public warning from the White House, US agencies and Britain's National Cyber Security Center follows a years-long effort to monitor the threat.

Previously the two nations have spoken only of attacks "originating from Russia", with lines between Russian criminals and state activity being blurred, but they pinned blame on the Kremlin on this occasion.

"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.

Authorities have been tracking attacks dating back to 2016, a joint Technical Alert (TA) published on the US-CERT website today revealed.