The new announcement, which comes in the context of tensions over Syria, relates to attacks on government and private-sector organizations, as well as critical infrastructure providers. 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".
It's the first time that the U.S. and the United Kingdom have issued joint advice to industry on mitigating attacks at the same time, something which Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre said "marks an important step in our fight back against state-sponsored aggression in cyberspace".
So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices! Russian Federation might be tapping into millions of home or small business computers and other devices to gain the ability to use them later in a coordinated attack on government computers or critical infrastructure, the officials said.
". for the most part, cyber actors are able to easily obtain legitimate credentials, which they then use to access the routers", US-CERT said.
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A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in London said: "We consider these accusations and speculations as striking examples of a reckless, provocative and unfounded policy against Russia".
The global security services have confirmed they are "confident" that Russian Federation is seeking to hack into residential routers, allowing them to access and monitor all personal internet data including browsing history, passwords and correspondences.
Homeland Security officials also revealed in March that Russian hackers staged a multiyear cyber campaign to infiltrate the US energy grid and other critical infrastructure.
Following the US-UK alert, Australian government issued a statement joining its allies in "expressing concern at the malicious cyber activity targeting commercially available routers around the world". On these findings of Australian experts said in mid-February of 2018, the Minister for law enforcement and cyber security of Australia Angus Taylor. The US and Britain said they wanted to warn organizations they may be affected and call on them to inform authorities if they discover breaches.
The Australian government has indicated that the attacks targeted network infrastructure devices such as routers, switches and firewalls, including Cisco networking gear.