UK, US, and Australia blame Russian Federation for global cyber attack

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Cybersecurity officials from the United States and Britain issued a rare joint technical alert Monday, accusing Russian Federation of engaging in malicious activity to support espionage or steal intellectual property. Officials said that the attacks spanned several months, though noted that they do not have a full picture of the scope of the activity.

It says that the U.S. government has information about threats from cyber attacks seeking to exploit routers and network switches en masse dating back to 2015. He told reporters during a regularly scheduled media briefing that London and Washington have not presented any evidence, and dismissed the accusations as "groundless" and "unjustified".

"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.

"As before, no one - neither our colleagues in the US or in Britain - has bothered to provide at least some kind of argumentation, even of the weakest kind". US-CERT said the compromised routers could be exploited for "man-in-the-middle" spoofing attacks, in which communications are intercepted by a seemingly trusted device that has actually been infiltrated by an attacker.

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) made sure all Dutch government organizations are aware of a warning issued by the American and British security services about Russian state hackers targeting network equipment.

"Since 2015, the U.S. Government received information from multiple sources-including private and public sector cybersecurity research organisations and allies-that cyber actors are exploiting large numbers of enterprise-class and SOHO/residential routers and switches worldwide", the warning reads.

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Russian hackers are trying to gain access to the devices that control the flow of internet traffic, the United States and United Kingdom warned Monday in an alert for organizations and individuals worldwide.

But its alert cited only one specific product: Cisco's Smart Install software.

Although no Australian information has been compromised in this attack according to the ABC, the attack targeted hundreds of Aussie businesses back in 2017.

"Once you own the router, you own the traffic", Jeanette Manfra, DHS' top cybersecurity official, said on the conference call.

Experts have stressed that the March 15 bulletin did not mean Russian Federation had obtained access to systems that control critical infrastructure such as the power grid.