Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack

Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack

Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack

The hackers targeted network infrastructure in the public and private sectors with the potential goals of espionage and the theft of intellectual property, the officials from the White House, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) told reporters.

Officials said Russian actors have exploited routers with outdated firmware, weak credentials, and misconfigured features to gain a foothold on vulnerable devices.

According to officials, the campaign, which involved a range of Russia- aligned cyber entities, used a series of exploits to target millions of devices around the world and that "sustained targeting" of government networks and critical infrastructure entities was apparent.

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"The U.S. Government assesses that cyber actors supported by the Russian government carried out this worldwide campaign", the statement concludes. These were not just security and government routers, but personal and business routers, as well.

"This attempt by Russian Federation is a sharp reminder that Australian businesses and individuals are constantly targeted by malicious state and non-state actors, and we must maintain rigorous cyber security practices", said Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor in a statement this morning. "When a malicious actor has access to this, they can monitor, modify, or deny traffic to an organization or from an organization externally".

Up to 400 companies in Australia could become the target of hacker attacks from Russian Federation in 2017. But they said they had no insight into the scope of how successful the attacks have been. In February, they blamed Russian Federation for a cyberattack the previous June that was known by the name NotPetya.

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In a statement, Australia's Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Angus Taylor, said that while a significant number of Australian organisations have been affected by this activity, there is no indication Australian information had been successfully compromised.

Russia and the Western governments have also recalled diplomats in a back and forth over British accusations that the Kremlin used a nerve agent to try to assassinate a former Russian spy living near London.

"The UK government will continue to work with the U.S., other global allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions", Martin added. Third, this allows attackers to cripple firewalls and intrusion detection systems that organizations use to glam malicious traffic, according to the BBC.

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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