Russian hackers have infected 'millions of machines' across the world

Maricruz Casares
Abril 17, 2018

Globally, this effort had targeted millions of machines to spy on ISP customers, organizations and government agencies.

The United States and Britain issued a rare and ominous alert Monday charging Russian Federation of ramping up cyber attacks on American and British companies, government operations and infrastructure. The FBI, DHS and United Kingdom cyber intelligence agency NCSC have jointly accused Russian-based attackers of having engaged in trying to compromise routers, switches and firewalls around the world to hijack the Internet's infrastructure. The alert also theorized that this type of compromise to hardware might even be used as a foundation for future attacks. The joint report didn't identity any companies that have been affected, or the number of devices that have already been hacked.

In a joint call with reporters White House cybersecurity coordinator Roby Joyce said: "When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back".

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They claim the campaign is specifically targeting government agencies and businesses.

British and USA officials said they had "high confidence" that the Kremlin was behind the attacks.

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said Jeanette Manfra, a cyber security official for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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