Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Russia targeting 'millions' of routers in global cyberattack, UK and US officials warn.

Months-long campaign used to conduct 'espionage and IP theft'

RUSSIA HAS HIJACKED 'millions' of network devices worldwide in an effort to 'conduct espionage and intellectual property theft', UK and US officials warned on Monday.

According to the NCSC, the FBI and the DHS, state-sponsored Russian hackers have targeted network devices inside government organisations, private industry and critical infrastructure operators, and even those within small and home offices.
The months-long campaign saw hackers attempt to compromise 'millions' of devices - including routers, switches, firewalls and network intrusion detection systems - and officials have that the sustained effort could have been used for espionage, the theft of intellectual property or for "use in times of tension." 

In a first-of-its-kind joint statement, released on Tuesday, the officials said they had "high confidence" that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors "are using compromised routers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks, and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations."

By Carly Page.
Full story at The Inquirer.

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