Australians caught up in worldwide cyber attacks blamed on Russian Federation

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Russian hackers are accused of penetrating up to 400 Australian businesses in 2017 as part of an alleged state-sponsored cyber-espionage campaign, targeting millions of computers across the world.

US-CERT said the alert, which applied to Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE), Cisco Smart Install (SMI), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled network devices such as router, switch, firewall, and Network-based Intrusion Detection System, was the result of joint analysis from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre.

The new announcement, which comes in the context of tensions over Syria, relates to attacks on government and private-sector organizations, as well as critical infrastructure providers. The warning states that Russian government-sponsored actors are using compromised routers, switches and other devices to perform man-in-the-middle attacks to obtain passwords, sensitive data, intellectual property, and other info useful for future attacks.

The rare joint alert is evidence of "a significant moment in the transatlantic fight back against Russian aggression in cyberspace", said Ciaran Martin, head of the British National Cyber Security Centre.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices! From there, they can use the discovered weak devices to extract information critical to the security of a network, such as vulnerable devices and login credentials.

Senior U.S. and British officials on Monday blamed the Russian government for coordinated cyberattacks against internet infrastructure worldwide in an effort to conduct espionage and intellectual property theft.

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While the United Kingdom and U.S. have been quick to point fingers in the direction of the Kremlin, the Russia Embassy has denied any involvement and has slammed the "accusations" as "striking examples of a reckless, provocative and unfounded policy against Russia". These were not just security and government routers, but personal and business routers, as well.

The United Kingdom and the United States have accused Russian Federation of instigating a malicious cyber-attack, which affected "millions of machines", including those in hundreds Australian businesses.

The Australian Government has banded together with the United States and United Kingdom in accusing Russian Federation of carrying out malicious global cyber attacks in 2017 targeting commercially available routers.

A RUSSIAN journalist who wrote about mercenaries from the country being killed in clashes with United States troops in Syria has died after a mystery fall.

"We know that they were behind these attacks". Third, this allows attackers to cripple firewalls and intrusion detection systems that organizations use to glam malicious traffic, according to the BBC.

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