US, Britain warn of Russian cyberattacks in rare joint alert

US, Britain warn of Russian cyberattacks in rare joint alert

Specifically, these cyber exploits are directed at network infrastructure devices worldwide such as routers, switches, firewalls, and the Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS).

In a joint warning, the UK's NCSC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security in the United States alleged a "broad", global campaign.

Moscow has yet to respond to the latest accusations. Nor have they found that the attacks on network equipment were being used to target US election systems ahead of congressional elections in November.

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This is just the latest in a serious of escalating confrontations between Western Allies and Russian Federation, with both US President Trump and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently stating that relations between the superpowers are worse than during the height of the Cold War.

US intelligence agencies a year ago accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 election with a hacking and propaganda campaign supporting Donald Trump's campaign for president. "We can't rule out Russian Federation may attempt to use this [hacked] infrastructure for further attacks".

The targets number in the millions, officials say, and include "primarily government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers, and the internet service providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors". They did not identify victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks.

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The imminent attack was not, however, linked to allied nations' missile strikes on Saturday in Syria, Britain's Press Association (PA) news agency reported, citing White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce. Intelligence officials are on high alert right now for such an attack to occur and are prepared for retaliation both the United Kingdom response to a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughters as well as this weekend's strikes on Syrian chemical storage facilities, development centers and bunkers.

They have issued a warning to Government bodies, large companies and "critical".

It also recently announced that Russia had targeted the USA energy grid with computer malware, and it slapped fresh sanctions on Russian hackers for illicit cyber activity.

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Rob Joyce, the White House cyber security coordinator, said the U.S. had a range of options to retaliate with, including new sanctions as well as using its own cyber-offensive techniques.

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