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

17 April 2018
USA and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

A joint statement by the FBI, DHS and UK NCSC has warned that the Russian Government are now actively conducting "malicious cyber activity" with the aim of compromising network infrastructure devices such as switches, firewalls and even home broadband routers etc.

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". While we don't know which bodies have been affected by the hack, the joint report contains detailed information about how the attacks work, and the resulting signs that the networks and hardware have been compromised.

Compromised networking equipment were used to look at data passing through them, he also said.

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

"The activity highlighted today is part of a repeated pattern of disruptive and harmful malicious cyber action carried out by the Russian government", Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy assistant director Howard Marshall said in a statement online. Lastly, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate if a device has been already compromised.

The new announcement, which comes in the context of tensions over Syria, relates to attacks on government and private-sector organizations, as well as critical infrastructure providers.

"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.

"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace so dealing with their attacks is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our USA allies", he said. The UK government will continue to work with the US, other worldwide allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions.

US Homeland Security has directly condemned the Russian state for the attacks.

"It's a tremendous weapon in the hands of an adversary", echoed the FBI's Howard Marshall, the deputy assistant director of the cyber division.

It comes as the United Kingdom and U.S. last night issued an unprecedented joint warning about "malicious cyber activity" by the Kremlin.