World Media

UK And US Accuse Russia Of Hacking Home Routers In Global Cyberattacks

UK And US Accuse Russia Of Hacking Home Routers In Global Cyberattacks

The joint technical alert said Russian state-sponsored hackers had attempted to breach network routers, switches, firewalls and network intrusion detection systems across the world.

In a statement, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Homeland Security said the Russian campaign "threatens our respective safety, security and economic well-being".

According to the NCSC the main targets are internet service providers, companies responsible for critical infrastructure, government organisations, and big business, with the hacking itself taking advantage of basic flaws within network security.

The two sides did not give any examples of systems that had been broken into, but said those compromised risked losing data, identities, passwords and even control of their own systems. In a media briefing ahead of the announcement, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator at the National Security Council, said there was "high confidence" Russian Federation was behind the attacks.

The warning says malicious Russian hackers have been targeting network infrastructure devices - the types of devices that most internet traffic travels through, such as routers - since 2015.

The Russian government will no doubt deny all of these claims, as it has done with other accusations levelled at it in recent weeks, but it's unlikely they'll manage to convince the security service of their innocence.

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. Finally, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate a device has been compromised.

"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace so tackling them is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our US allies", Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, said in a statement.

BRITAIN is braced for cyber warfare attacks by Russian Federation that could send services such as healthcare, transport and utilities into meltdown.

"The UK government will continue to work with the United States, other worldwide allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions", he commented.

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