Millions of web users targeted by Russia, intelligence agencies warn

UK and US claim Kremlin behind hacking of millions of home and business routers

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 10:18am

Russia has targeted “critical Western internet-based infrastructure” in an effort to “conduct espionage and intellectual property theft”, according to UK and US officials.

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In a rare joint statement, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said yesterday that state-sponsored Russian hackers have targeted network devices inside government organisations, private industry and critical infrastructure operators. Even internet routers in small offices and homes are at risk, the agencies said.

UK and US intelligence have been warning for months that “Moscow is attempting to compromise electricity grids and other infrastructure such as banks, hospitals and air traffic control systems”, reports the Financial Times. However, this is “the first time the allies have issued specific guidance to civilians and companies on how to protect themselves”.

The new guidelines include advice on password and device security.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC – an arm of British intelligence agency GCHQ – told The Independent that Russia was the West’s “most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace”, and that “the purpose of these attacks could be espionage, the theft of intellectual property, and they could be positioned for use in times of tension”.

He added: “There are …read more

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