United Kingdom and USA Warn Russia Wants to Hack Your Broadband ISP Router

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Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the US power grid.

In addition to casting blame, the agencies recommended that vulnerable organizations review network device logs and traffic data for telltale signs of the Russian intrusions, and they set out measures that firms can take to better protect themselves.

Britain and the U.S. have issued a formal alert about "malicious cyber activity" by Russian Federation amid warnings that relations with Moscow have hit an all-time low.

The aim seems to be to "seize control" of the machines that connect networks to the internet, and in the case of internet providers, to gain access to their customers, for espionage or other purposes, he said.

The primary targets of a wide-ranging cyber attack, according to the UK National Cyber Security Centre, are likely to be "government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, and the internet service providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors."

"It's a tremendous weapon in the hands of an adversary", echoed the FBI's Howard Marshall, the deputy assistant director of the cyber division.

Officials said they had "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the campaign.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a joint alert on April 16, warning that the global campaign could be escalated to launch future offensive attacks.

Speaking Tuesday in Canberra, Australia's Defense Minister Marise Payne said up to 400 businesses in that country may also have been targeted by the campaign, but she added authorities did not believe "there has been any exploitation of significance".

In a joint conference call, White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce directly blamed Russian Federation for the attacks and said there would be retaliation, according to the Guardian.

"We are going to push back", PA quoted Joyce as saying.

A United Kingdom government spokesman said it was "yet another example of Russia's disregard for worldwide norms and global order - this time through a campaign of cyber espionage and aggression, which attempts to disrupt governments and de-stabilise business". Cyber attacks that are state-sponsored are a massive concern, as hackers often use vulnerabilities to tamper with elections, businesses, and power grids.

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