USA and United Kingdom warn that Russian Federation has been hacking routers worldwide

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UK and UK are warning that Russia has been hacking routers worldwide

Describing the escalation of the Russian cyber threat, NCSC boss Ciaran Martin said: "This is the first time that in attributing a cyber attack to Russia the U.S. and the United Kingdom have, at the same time, issued joint advice to industry about how to manage the risks from attacks".

The alert said the targets of the campaign were primarily "government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers, and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors".

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

"It is not necessarily the case that you are trying to steal data all the time, conduct espionage, there are reasons you might want to be inside a network and it could be to conduct an offensive operation at a time of your choosing", he said.

Millions of devices around the world are said to have been compromised in this way, with inherently poor security and poor default passwords exploited by the attackers. "We expect the British government to declare the same".

It's warned that a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices threatens safety, security, and economic well-being of the United States and the UK. Finally, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate a device has been compromised.

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Ciaran Martin, director-general for cyber security at GCHQ, said Russian Federation could try to bring down water, gas and electricity systems, as well as banks, hospitals and transport.

"The UK government will continue to work with the USA, other worldwide allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions".

"The attribution of this malicious activity sends a clear message to Russian Federation - we know what you are doing and you will not succeed", the spokesman added.

The FBI also pledged to do whatever it takes to combat Russian cyberattacks.

"The activity highlighted today is part of a repeated pattern of disruptive and harmful malicious cyber action carried out by the Russian government", Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy assistant director Howard Marshall said in a statement online.

U.S. intelligence agencies also concluded that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign and a federal prosecutor is investigating whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to sway the vote. Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency had already warned that Russian Federation was using its cyber capabilities to target democracies.

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