US, UK Charge “Russian-Backed Hackers” With Infecting Routers In “Global Cyber Espionage Campaign”

Monday, April 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 04/16/2018

Following both UK and US officials proclaiming that Russian “trolling” activity was up 2,000% over the weekend – while offering no evidential support for this claim – US Homeland Security, The FBI, and Britain’s National Cyber Security Center issued an unprecedented joint “technical alert” warning that Russia is using compromised computer network equipment to attack U.S. and British companies and government agencies.

Bloomberg reports that the alert included advice to companies about what they can do to protect themselves and warned specifically of attacks on routers, the devices that channel data around a network. The report claims that the attacks could be an attempt by Russia to gain a foothold for use in a future offensive… (pre-crime?)

“Russian state-sponsored actors are using compromised routers to conduct spoofing ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations,” according to a joint statement.

Further intelligence about the attacks had been added by “multiple” cyber-security organizations and companies…

“Multiple sources including private and public-sector cybersecurity research organizations and allies have reported this activity to the U.S. and U.K. governments.”

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