United States and UK issue joint cybersecurity warning about Russian Federation

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The Australian government has confirmed a series of cyberattacks on Australian organisations revealed in August a year ago were carried out by Russian state-sponsored hackers.

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official for the DHS. The hackers are also targeting the internet service providers that support these sectors, the statement said.

U.S. and United Kingdom authorities say that since 2015 they've been receiving reports of attacks on routers and the like that aim to advance Russia's national security and economic goals.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices!

"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. "After obtaining access, the Russian government cyber actors conducted network reconnaissance, moved laterally, and collected information pertaining to Industrial Control Systems (ICS)".

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issued guidance in August past year regarding all switches with Cisco Smart Install accessible from the internet, and routers or switches with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled and exposed to the internet.

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

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The alert from US-CERT warned that network devices are "ideal targets" that could allow people to monitor, modify, and deny traffic from the device.

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

Australian intelligence agencies have identified Russian Federation as the actor behind a series of cyber attacks on Australia, the United States and the UK in 2017, the government has revealed.

"Essentially you've got Russian Federation exploiting vulnerabilities in Cisco routers to potentially conduct a whole range of activities, from espionage to pre-positioning for attacks on critical infrastructure", Mr Hanson said.

USA intelligence agencies have also accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 election with a hacking and propaganda campaign supporting Donald Trump's campaign for president, as well as blaming Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the United States power grid.

In its alert, DHS described the hackers' techniques, from scanning internet address spaces to exploiting routers, switches and network intrusion-detection devices.

"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. On these findings of Australian experts said in mid-February of 2018, the Minister for law enforcement and cyber security of Australia Angus Taylor.

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