Aussies Swept Up in Cyber Attacks

Aussies Swept Up in Cyber Attacks

Aussies Swept Up in Cyber Attacks

In a joint announcement made Monday by the US Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and UK's National Cyber Security Center, a statement was made announcing that Russian spies have been, and are now, looking for vulnerabilities within millions of routers as a way to prepare for a future attack.

The cybersecurity expert stressed that "cyber activity must be stopped and opposed at every turn" and that global security services are "pushing back hard".

Taylor said that the incidents were unacceptable and that the Australian Government calls on all countries, including Russian Federation, not to take actions that could lead to damage of critical infrastructure that provide services to the public.

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

While the focus of the alert is how individuals and businesses, from the home office to large enterprises, can protect themselves from the attack, the goal was also calling out Russia's bad behavior, officials said.

The US and Britain warned on Monday of a Russian government-sponsored cyber attack against internet network infrastructure around the world.

Russian state-sponsored hackers are seeking to hijack critical network infrastructure devices, US and British intelligence agencies say.

This is the second time this year that the US and United Kingdom have attributed cyberattacks on Russian Federation, following their unprecedented attribution in February of last year's extremely expensive NotPetya attack.

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The worldwide security services have confirmed they are "confident" that Russian Federation is seeking to hack into residential routers, allowing them to access and monitor all personal internet data including browsing history, passwords and correspondences.

Manfra and others said vulnerable network devices are ideal targets because these devices are often not patched or maintained properly, and a compromise gives attackers access to most Internet traffic within an organization and the organizations it communicates with.

"The performance of this malicious activity sends a clear message to Russian Federation".

After the country blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, the country's relations with Russia are at a historic low.

Mr Martin said authorities had been tracking the campaign for about a year and the tactics behind them for longer.

A joint technical alert further outlines how the attacks are directed at network infrastructure devices, including routers, switches and firewalls.

If such protocols must be used, devices should ship with them disabled by default and users should be presented with clear warnings of the risks of enabling them, US-CERT said.

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