Australia blames Russian Federation over hacking of 400 companies in 2017

Australia blames Russian Federation over hacking of 400 companies in 2017

The west is accusing Russian Federation of an espionage-driven malicious cyberoffensive, and the Technical Alert - which comes following a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - warns that both governmental and residential hardware is being targeted to "potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

The alert said the targets of the campaign were primarily "government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers, and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors".

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official for the DHS.

US Homeland Security has directly condemned the Russian state for the attacks.

The joint missive was the first time the US-UK governments have teamed up to put out such an alert.

"We have high confidence that Russian Federation has carried out a coordinated campaign to compromise. routers, residential and business - the things you and I have in our home", said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.

Russian Federation has denied involvement, and on Saturday also condemned strikes against Syria by Western powers, which Theresa May on Monday defended in the House of Commons.

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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.

United States intelligence agencies also concluded that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign and a federal prosecutor is investigating whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to sway the vote.

It's warned that a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices threatens safety, security, and economic well-being of the U.S. and the UK.

These "cyber actors" are identifying vulnerable devices to break into, where they can extract device configurations, harvest login details, and control the traffic that goes through the router. So a hacker can monitor, modify or disrupt it, she said.

The agencies, which include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, do not know precisely how many routers, firewalls and switches have been compromised and to what extent.

Compromised networking equipment were used to look at data passing through them, he also said.

USA officials said this year that Russian military hackers compromised routers in South Korea in January and deployed new malware when the Olympics began in February.

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