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.

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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.

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