Апреля 24, 2018

US, British Governments Warn Businesses Worldwide of Russian Campaign to Hack Routers

17 Апреля 2018, 11:22 | Taylor George

US, British Governments Warn Businesses Worldwide of Russian Campaign to Hack Routers

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The technical alert said the USA government had been receiving information that the cyber actors had been exploiting switches - named by the ACSC as "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" - since 2015.

The officials said they issued the alert to help targets protect themselves and persuade victims to share information with government investigators so they can better understand the threat.

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

"We condemn the actions and hold the Kremlin responsible for the malicious activities", said Jeanette Manfra, the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security.

"We'll continue to follow the actions of our Russian adversaries and we'll bring every tool to bear against them in every corner of cyber space", said Howard Marshall, Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Once you own the router, you own the traffic that's traversing the router", she said.

It comes from United Kingdom and USA authorities who have issued a joint cybersecurity alert for the first time ever to warn people of the threat.

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Law enforcement and cyber security minister Angus Taylor said a "significant" number of organisations were targeted in the wide-ranging attack reported by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Following the US-UK alert, Australian government issued a statement joining its allies in "expressing concern at the malicious cyber activity targeting commercially available routers around the world".

According to the alert, systems that have been affected include Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) enabled devices, Cisco Smart Install (SMI) enabled devices, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled network devices. Officials said Russian actors have exploited routers with outdated firmware, weak credentials, and misconfigured features to gain a foothold on vulnerable devices.

"What we've seen in this case is default passwords being exploited, unsecured devices being exploited", said Joyce.

"Russia is our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace so dealing with their attacks is a major priority for the National Cyber Security Centre and our United States allies", he said.

Martin said the attacks could be designed for spying, stealing intellectual property or possibly "prepositioning for use in times of heightened tension".

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