Monday, 21 January, 2019

United States and UK warn of imminent Russian global cyber attack

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American and British crimefighters have launched another round of pin-the-tail-on-the-Russians - with a warning that Moscow-backed hackers are trying to subvert the world's network devices.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint statement on the attack, which they said began in 2015 and could have laid the groundwork for further cyber attacks in the future.

Joyce sad Monday that the Trump administration is prepared to use all elements of national power, including "offensive" capabilities, to push back on Russian attacks.

Taylor said that the incidents were unacceptable and that the Australian Government calls on all countries, including Russian Federation, not to take actions that could lead to damage of critical infrastructure that provide services to the public.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices! However, they did list preventative measures and signs to look for that would indicate that the network has been compromised by one of these attacks.

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.

Russian diplomats have castigated the United States, Britain and France for their airstrikes last week on what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria, where the Kremlin is backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace so dealing with their attacks is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our United States allies", he said.

Australia later joined forces with the United Kingdom and U.S., saying 400 of their companies had also been caught up in Russian state-sponsored attacks that were identified in August. "When a malicious actor has access to this, they can monitor, modify, or deny traffic to an organization or from an organization externally".

At the technical level, attacks varied in methodology, scope, and objective.

Levashov was extradited to the USA and charged with hacking offences accusing him of operating a network of tens of thousands of infected computers used by cyber criminals.

Today, we reported that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been briefed on a possible incoming Russian-based cyberattack that could heavily compromise the country and release compromising information about the country's lawmakers.

- Critical network components targeted -The hacking effort goes to the critical components of a computer network: the routers, switches and firewalls created to safely and accurate deliver data from one computer to another.

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