Russian Federation behind global cyber attack: U.S. and UK

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While this hack occurred in 2017, Mr Hanson suggested there could be a connection, suggesting Australia and its allies may have believed the Russians were about to utilise the exploits they set up past year.

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said US Department of Homeland Security cyber security official Jeanette Manfra.

According to the DHS's Technical Alert (TA), "Targets are primarily government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers, and the Internet service providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors".

The US and British governments jointly tracked the latest campaign, which has targeted millions of machines globally, said Ciaran Martin, chief executive of Britain's NCSC, the government's central cybersecurity agency. From there, they can use the discovered weak devices to extract information critical to the security of a network, such as vulnerable devices and login credentials.

The Associated PressThe United States, Britain and Australia have accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage.

Officials said they had "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the campaign.

Asked whether the government would publically name Russian Federation and other actors more often in the future, Mr Taylor said "I think we will". These were not just security and government routers, but personal and business routers, as well.

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".

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Minister for law enforcement and cyber security Angus Taylor said there was "no indication Australian information has been successfully compromised" in the attacks.

"We can not take our cyber security for granted", he told reporters in Cairns.

US-CERT warned that the hackers could also mirror, redirect and modify as well as deny traffic to and from the victim organisations.

As it stands now, Britain's relations with Russia are at a historic low following the recent nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.

"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 was behind the series of cyber attacks on up to 400 businesses in 2017, Australia has claimed.

Martin said authorities have been tracking the campaign for about a year and the tactics behind them for longer.

In a statement, the NCSC said attacks were directed at key "network infrastructure devices" such as routers, switches, ISPSs and firewalls.

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