United Kingdom and UK are warning that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

United Kingdom and UK are warning that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

The alert came from the Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

"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.

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

Monday's announcement is the latest in a series of related moves by the Trump administration, which in recent months has publicly blamed Russian Federation for launching the NotPetya worm that has been characterised as the costliest and most destructive cyberattack in history.

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

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While it the extent of the attack remains unclear, Ciaran Martin, head of the UK's NCSC, noted that numerous machines targeted had been "seized by hackers", adding that hacks were being tracked by British intelligence from a year ago.

Government-backed Russian hackers are using compromised routers and other network infrastructure to conduct espionage and potentially lay the groundwork for future offensive cyber operations, United Kingdom and U.S. authorities have warned.

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. "Most or all organizational and customer traffic must traverse these critical devices".

Taylor said while the devices could have been used to access sensitive data, there was "no indication" Australian information had been compromised.

In its alert Monday, DHS described the hackers' techniques, from scanning Internet address spaces to exploiting routers, switches and network intrusion-detection devices.

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