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Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack

Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack Alert over 'malicious' Russian cyber attack
Gerardo Duncan | 17 April, 2018, 20:29

While the officials were reluctant to give precise details of the threat, they said once a router had been hacked, it could be used not simply to capture data traveling through it, but also to carry out attacks on other computers, potentially overwhelming the Internet's communications infrastructure.

While hundreds of local businesses have been affected by the cyber attack, no information was compromised, the ABC said.

Russian Federation is using compromised computer-network equipment to attack US and British companies and government agencies, the two countries warned in an unprecedented joint alert. UK, US and France all participated in the strikes. "We condemn this latest activity in the strongest possible terms. Although this is the first time the NCSC is included as an author in a DHS and Federal Bureau of Investigation joint product, our collaborative work has proved useful and effective in response to previous cyber related events".

Military officials have long anxious that the first strike in any "kinetic" war (in which things are actually blown up) could very likely be a cyber strike, knocking out a nation's infrastructure and making it more hard for the nation to strike back against missiles and other hostile actions.

Director Howard Marshall said the alert underscores the United States' commitment to fighting malicious cyber activity. "We do not make this attribution lightly and will hold steadfast with our partners".

"They could be pre-positioning for use in times of tension", said Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the British government's National Cyber Security Centre cyber defense agency, who added that "millions of machines" were targeted.

Analysts have speculated Russian Federation may use cyber attacks to retaliate over recent Western airstrikes on Moscow's ally Syria. It marks an important step in our fight back against state-sponsored aggression in cyberspace.

The US and United Kingdom said they had "high confidence" that the Kremlin was behind the attack.

Rob Joyce, the White House cyber security coordinator, said the U.S. had a range of options to retaliate with, including new sanctions as well as using its own cyber-offensive techniques.

In June and July 2017 they saw Russian actors using software created by Internet network company Cisco that allows networks to be profiled to scan for vulnerable systems and routers.

"This is a global threat", Manfra said.

This advisory provides information on the worldwide cyber exploitation of network infrastructure devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, Network-based Intrusion Detection System. The United States, Britain and other nations in February accused Russian Federation of releasing the "NotPetya" virus, which in 2017 crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers across the globe, costing companies billions of dollars.

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