Russian hackers were accused of infecting millions of routers around the world
The National Center for Cybersecurity of the United Kingdom, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement in which they charged hackers associated with the Russian government with responsibility for hacking millions of routers around the world. Representatives of special services quoted by Politico.
Attacks were conducted for the purposes of espionage or theft of intellectual property, intelligence officials of the United Kingdom and the United States report. According to their version, hackers tried to infect millions of devices to prepare a springboard for "destructive attacks if the tension increases." How successful were the attacks, representatives of the two countries did not specify.
"Once you have mastered the router, you own the traffic going through this router," explained Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications in the UK. According to her, one of the ways that cybercriminals get access to devices is a recently discovered error in Cisco's network software.
Cisco researchers believe that Russian hackers can use the vulnerability to access critical infrastructure, reports Politico.
The White House coordinator for cybersecurity Rob Joyce said that Washington will take a number of measures in response to attacks.
It is noted that in February US intelligence, together with its allies, accused Moscow of organizing the attack of NotPetya, which in 2017 violated infrastructure in Ukraine: failures occurred in the Central Bank of Ukraine, the main airport in Kiev and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. At the same time, dangerous software has spread among Russian enterprises. The White House called it "the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history."
The US repeatedly accused Russia of involvement in cyber attacks, in particular, the server of the Democratic Party on the eve of presidential elections. By the hands of hackers, the Russian authorities wanted to influence the outcome of the presidential race and help Donald Trump win the election. There were also suspicions that Russia could also try to influence the voting process by hacking the computers.