USA and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

"This attempt by Russian Federation is a sharp reminder that Australian businesses and individuals are constantly targeted by malicious state and non-state actors, and we must maintain rigorous cyber security practices", Taylor said.

They claim the campaign is specifically targeting government agencies and businesses.

"Russian state-sponsored actors are using compromised routers to conduct spoofing "man-in-the-middle" attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations", the joint statement warned.

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.

In a joint call with reporters White House cybersecurity coordinator Roby Joyce said: "When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back". Finally, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate a device has been compromised.

The alert urges network device vendors, ISPs, public sector organisations and private corporations of all sizes to read it and act on the recommended mitigation strategies.

The warning came from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain's National Cyber Security Center, and included advice about what companies can do to protect themselves.

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

"The US government and the United Kingdom condemn the actions of the Russian government, and we hold the Kremlin responsible for these malicious cyber activities", she added. No sanctions or penalties were announced Monday, and the alert is unrelated to expected sanctions on Russian Federation in coming days, though Joyce reiterated that "all elements of U.S. power are available to push back" on such hacking efforts.

Today, we reported that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been briefed on a possible incoming Russian-based cyberattack that could heavily compromise the country and release compromising information about the country's lawmakers.