Russian hackers start targeting critical United Kingdom national infrastructure

Russian hackers start targeting critical United Kingdom national infrastructure

Australia also admonished Russian Federation and accused Kremlin-backed hackers of cyberattacks on hundreds of Australian companies past year.

American and British officials said the attacks affected a wide range of organizations including Internet service providers, private businesses and critical infrastructure providers.

They are then using these compromised routers to conduct man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks for cyber espionage or stealing intellectual property.

Taylor said that the incidents were unacceptable and that the Australian Government calls on all countries, including Russian Federation, not to take actions that could lead to damage of critical infrastructure that provide services to the public. The joint UK-US statement warned of the "sustained targeting of multiple entities" over a series of months, with Russian state-sponsored actors using "compromised routers" to "support espionage... and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

"We are still assessing some of the small office and home router targeting", National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin said.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices!

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

This is the first time that in attributing a cyber attack to Russian Federation the US and the United Kingdom have, at the same time, issued joint advice to industry about how to manage the risks from the attack.

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issued guidance in August previous year regarding all switches with Cisco Smart Install accessible from the internet, and routers or switches with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled and exposed to the internet.

At the technical level, attacks varied in methodology, scope, and objective.

"We have high confidence 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".

In September 2017, Russian hacker Peter Levashov was arrested in Spain on a us warrant and said he had worked for President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party.

Shortly after the announcement, the White House said Joyce would leave his post and return to the US National Security Agency.

The United States and Great Britain are publicly accusing Russian Federation of undertaking a coordinated campaign to target and compromise home office and residential routers, switches and other network infrastructure devices around the globe.

"We know that they were behind these attacks".

The full scope and impact of the operation is not fully known, and White House and DHS officials said they were releasing the information now in the hopes that businesses and other affected entities come forward if they have witnessed similar suspicious activity.

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