USA and UK Blame Russia for Hacking Internet Routers Globally

  • USA and UK Blame Russia for Hacking Internet Routers Globally

USA and UK Blame Russia for Hacking Internet Routers Globally

Martin said the attacks could be designed for spying, stealing intellectual property or possibly "prepositioning for use in times of heightened tension".

"Russian government-sponsored actors" accessing passwords, information through routers.

The warning is unrelated to the administration's recent military strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria, action Russian Federation condemned.

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. It also recently announced that Russia had targeted the USA energy grid with computer malware, and it slapped fresh sanctions on Russian hackers for illicit cyber activity.

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

"Commercially available routers were used as a point of entry, demonstrating that every connected device is vulnerable to malicious activity". Finally, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate a device has been compromised.

The unusual public warning came on Tuesday morning (NZ time) from the White House, US agencies and Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, following a years-long effort to monitor the threat.

In a joint statement, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - the cyber arm of GCHQ - said Kremlin-backed hackers are using exploits to carry out malicious attacks. "Specifically, these cyber-exploits were directed at network infrastructure devices worldwide such as routers, switches, firewalls, network intrusion detection system", it said. For this reason, we can not rule out that Russian may intend to use this set of compromises for future offensive cyber operations as well.

"We have high confidence that Russian Federation has carried out a coordinated campaign to gain access to enterprise, small office, home office routers known as SOHO routers and residential routers, and the switches and connectors worldwide", said Rob Joyce, special assistant to the President and cybersecurity coordinator at the White House, speaking to journalists.

So far, there has been relatively little sign of this in the U.S. or United Kingdom, although Russian Federation is accused of launching destructive attacks against Ukraine.

It said that the malicious activity enabled sensitive information, such as device administrative credentials, to be accessed and that it could be used to compromise the routers and then lead to other devices on the network being targeted.

But they portrayed this as far more serious because of the potential to undermine infrastructure.

The US and British governments jointly tracked the latest campaign, which has targeted millions of machines globally, said Ciaran Martin, chief executive of Britain's NCSC, the government's central cybersecurity agency.