Russian hackers start targeting critical United Kingdom national infrastructure

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The joint warning stated stated that the main targets have been ISPs, firms running 'critical infrastructure, ' government departments and big companies.

The alert came from the Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Russian Federation has not responded to the joint alert.

"We have high confidence that Russian Federation has carried out a coordinated campaign to gain access to enterprise, small office, home office routers known as SOHO routers and residential routers, and the switches and connectors worldwide", said Rob Joyce, special assistant to the President and cybersecurity coordinator at the White House, speaking to journalists. Rather, it is part of a broader ongoing effort by the U.S. government to call out bad behaviour in cyberspace and impose costs as a deterrent.

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"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace."

"What we've seen in this case is default passwords being exploited, unsecured devices being exploited", said Joyce.

The US government also has obtained indictments against Iranian hackers, and accused North Korea of being behind the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 230,000 computers around the world.

The west is accusing Russian Federation of an espionage-driven malicious cyberoffensive, and the Technical Alert - which comes following a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - warns that both governmental and residential hardware is being targeted to "potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

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It has also been suggested that compromised hardware might not only allow hackers to gain access to user information, but it could also be used as a foundation for future attacks.

HIJACKED "millions" of network devices worldwide in an effort to "conduct espionage and intellectual property theft", United Kingdom and USA officials warned on Monday. Most traffic within a company or between organizations traverses them.

U.S. officials said this year that Russian military hackers compromised routers in South Korea in January and deployed new malware when the Olympics began in February.

"We can't rule out that Russian Federation might intend to use this set of compromises for future offensive cyber operations as well, it provides basic infrastructure they can launch from". It was not clear Monday whether that compromise was part of the same campaign.

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