U.S. and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

17 April, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Russian hackers have been targeting millions of routers around the world.                  Aaron Robinson  CNET

The alert follows an advisory notice released by the NCSC earlier this month which warned that companies connected to British critical national infrastructure were being targeted by attackers, citing cybersecurity reports which suggested the hackers were based in eastern Europe.

"The current state of U.S. and United Kingdom network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, threatens our respective safety, security, and economic well-being", the statement went on to warn.

American and British crimefighters have launched another round of pin-the-tail-on-the-Russians - with a warning that Moscow-backed hackers are trying to subvert the world's network devices.

The idea behind the attacks seems to be the chance to sneak a peak at the data passing through the network, letting Russian Federation collect information on governments, businesses, private individuals, and so on.

The DHS said it's seen Russian activity with scans for vulnerabilities on routers over the past two years, but it's hard to assess how many have been affected.

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

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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.

Though the governments are not sure how many devices have been compromised by the hackers nor what the objective is, the targeting affects millions of devices globally, U.S. officials said on a call with reporters Monday morning. Those routers were compromised to carry out so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks where data going between computers and internet servers is intercepted, the NCSC said. Part of the alert calls on people to step up their own security, with Manfra pointing out that the DHS can't "protect every single device".

"The Department of Homeland Security's technical alert that they put out today they recommend changing the password as soon as you can", Ng says.

For manufacturers, officials are asking that they stop supporting outdated and unencrypted devices.

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 United States power are available to push back" on such hacking efforts.

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