The U.S., U.K. and Australia have all accused Russia of being behind the mass hacking of computer networks around the world since 2017. Russian state-sponsored hackers are using the attacks to conduct espionage and to steal intellectual property, the countries said.
This is the second time this year that the U.S. and U.K. have attributed cyberattacks on Russia, following their unprecedented attribution in February of last year’s extremely expensive NotPetya attack. It is also the first time that British and American agencies have combined such an announcement with technical advice on countering the threat, aimed at organizations who might be affected.
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 Internet service providers serving these organizations were also targeted, according to a joint statement by the U.S.’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security, and the National Cyber Security Centre division of the U.K.’s GCHQ intelligence agency.
According to the Monday statement, Russian government hackers targeted networking equipment such as routers, switches and firewalls, as well as the systems that are intended to detect intrusion into networks.
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