Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Russia Denies US and UK Allegations of Global Cyber Attack

Russia Denies US and UK Allegations of Global Cyber Attack

Russian Federation has hacked into millions of computers across Britain, including home terminals and internet routers, and may be preparing for a widescale cyber attack, U.S. and United Kingdom security chiefs said in an unprecedented warning last night. They are seeking the cooperation of home office and private-sector business owners in sharing information if they determine their networks have been compromised.

"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".

"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.

"While the findings of this study demonstrate that organisations are performing better at mitigating the impact of cyberattacks, they still have more work to do", said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security.

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The attacks have targeted millions of computer networks worldwide through equipment such as routers, switches and firewalls, according to the officials from the White House, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and counterparts in Britain.

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

"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 defence agency, who added that "millions of machines" were targeted.

The announcement is the latest in a series of related moves by the Trump Administration, which in recent months has publicly blamed Russian Federation for launching the NotPetya worm that has been characterised as the costliest and most destructive cyber attack in history.

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"It is fairly widespread and can cover everything from large enterprises to small home offices", Manfra said.

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.

Mr Martin said internet companies were being offered advice to counter the threat. "The report builds on previous DHS reporting and advisories from the UK, Australia and the European Union", the website said.

"And we can also confirm that all of the attacks mentioned in this report have directly affected the United Kingdom".

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