U.S., U.K. accuse Russia of launching cyber espionage campaign

U.S., U.K. accuse Russia of launching cyber espionage campaign
From CBC - April 16, 2018

The United States and Britain on Monday alleged that Russian government-backed hackers had infected computer routers around the world in a cyber espionage campaign that targeted government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators.

U.S. and British officials told reporters in a conference call that they planned to issue a joint alert on the attacks, which targeted routers that form a key part of the internet infrastructure in a cyber espionage campaign that could be leveraged in the future to launch offensive attacks.

"When we see malicious cyberactivity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back," said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity co-ordinator.

The White House in February blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyberattack in 2017, joining the British government in condemning Russia for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers across the globe.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and a federal prosecutor is investigating whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to sway the vote. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

The U.S. and British governments said they planned to issue a joint report on Monday afternoon providing technical details on the attacks so that organizations can determine whether they have been hacked and thwart similar future hacking attempts.

Extent not fully known

The governments asked victims to report any infections so they can better understand the impact of the campaign.


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