USA and United Kingdom blame Russian Federation for cyber hacks on internet routers worldwide

USA and United Kingdom blame Russian Federation for cyber hacks on internet routers worldwide

The threat alert said that attackers were trying to hack into computer networks at government and private sector organisations, as well as internet service providers.

"What we've seen in this case is default passwords being exploited, unsecured devices being exploited", said Joyce.

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

"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.

At the technical level, attacks varied in methodology, scope, and objective.

The unusual public warning from the White House, U.S. agencies and Britain's National Cyber Security Center results from monitoring the threat dating back more than a year.

Despite the ebb in relations between the US/UK and Russian Federation - marked by diplomatic expulsions, indictments related to the Internet Research Agency and the 2016 election, the Skripal poisoning, and ongoing events in Syria - the White House appears disinclined to punish Russian Federation for alleged bad behavior.

"The attribution of this malicious activity sends a clear message to Russian Federation - we know what you are doing and you will not succeed", the spokesman added.

In router attacks, consumers can protect themselves by keeping the devices updated.

More news: Philly DA Says Meek Mill Should Get a New Trial
More news: Kellyanne Conway's response to Comey interview contradicts Trump's talking point
More news: Matt Ritchie stars as Newcastle hit back to down Arsenal

The attacks targeted routers that form a key part of the internet infrastructure, in a move that could be used in the future to launch offensive attacks.

Russian state-sponsored hackers are seeking to hijack critical network infrastructure devices, US and British intelligence agencies say.

"It is a tremendous weapon in the hands of an adversary", the Federal Bureau of Investigation cyber division's deputy assistant director Howard Marshall said. They could use a brute-force attack, where they would spam it with different usernames and passwords until it unlocked.

As such, the U.S. and United Kingdom are warning people to update their internet of things devices and routers, and telling companies to build their connected gadgets with better security.

The cause was unclear but a friend said his home was surrounded by security men days earlier. The DHS and the UK's NCSC hope to change that with Monday's technical alert.

"Once you own the router you own the traffic that's traversing the router", she said.

Manufacturers and ISPs are asked to not support out-of-date, unencrypted, or unauthenticated protocols and services.

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.

Related Articles

  • Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

    Alfie Evans' family dealt fresh court blow

    The child's parents also suggested that Alfie was being unlawfully detained at Alder Hey, but the judge dismissed that suggestion. During the hearing, a lawyer representing Alfie's parents said they wanted the Supreme Court to consider arguments raised.
    Gwyneth Paltrow's secret wedding had the best guest list ever

    Gwyneth Paltrow's secret wedding had the best guest list ever

    The daughter of Blythe Danner added: 'We feel like the luckiest people on the planet because we have all of you in our lives. Congratulations to Gwyneth and Brad! '@giambattistavalliparis I will never get over my gorgeous dress.
    Catalan Protesters Demand Release of Jailed Separatist Advisors

    Catalan Protesters Demand Release of Jailed Separatist Advisors

    If a new leader is not named before the end of May, Catalonia will be forced to call another election. Spanish and German prosecutors met last week at the headquarters of Eurojust in The Hague.
  • Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Intl Eq ETF (GSIE) Rises 0.113% for April  16

    Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Intl Eq ETF (GSIE) Rises 0.113% for April 16

    Ariel Invests Ltd Company has invested 0.07% in The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc . (NYSE:GS) or 21,252 shs on Monday, January 29. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new position in Goldman Sachs during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $122,000.
    Armed robbery suspect may have robbed 2 more stores

    Armed robbery suspect may have robbed 2 more stores

    However, the suspects were arrested immediately they arrived at FTB bank to take the money left in their bank account. The man was wearing dark trousers , a black hooded sweatshirt and tan boots, a store employee told police.
    Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

    Manny Pacquiao to announce trainer in next seven days

    And he insists the show will be Malaysia's biggest since Ali fought Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur, back in 1975. And Roach, for the first time since Pacquiao's 2001 United States debut, will not be in his corner.
  • Investors Alert: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) moved with fall change of

    Investors Alert: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) moved with fall change of

    It dived, as 39 investors sold MSFT shares while 1012 reduced holdings. 151 funds opened positions while 383 raised stakes. The Colorado-based Public Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has invested 0% in Connecticut Water Service, Inc.
    Will Reuben Foster be welcome at 49ers offseason program?

    Will Reuben Foster be welcome at 49ers offseason program?

    Foster just finished a solid rookie season and was expected to be a key part of the 49ers defense going forward. He is scheduled to meet with the team this week, a sitdown that could determine his future with the franchise.
    West Ham United's Andy Carroll pleased with point against Stoke City

    West Ham United's Andy Carroll pleased with point against Stoke City

    It looked as if it had paid off in some style when Hart spilled Xherdan Shaqiri's shot and Crouch turned home from close range. Oliver and his wife were subjected to social media threats over the incident that led to Juventus's elimination.
  • Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

    Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

    Nikita Kucherov added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game that had a major scrum with 23 seconds to go. It was the type of goal that has defined Matthews in his young career with a nose for the net and a quick release in traffic.

    "Night Court" actor Harry Anderson dies at 65

    Police were called to his home before 8 a.m., according to wspa.com , adding no foul play is suspected in Anderson's death. John Larroquette summed up his feelings about the loss of fellow Night Court star Harry Anderson in one word Monday.
    USA  says California rejecting proposed border duties for troops

    USA says California rejecting proposed border duties for troops

    A Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Border Patrol agent briefs National Guard personnel deployed for Operation Guardian Support. Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants.