Russian-backed hacking targets Australian businesses

20 April, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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While this hack occurred in 2017, Mr Hanson suggested there could be a connection, suggesting Australia and its allies may have believed the Russians were about to utilise the exploits they set up a year ago. 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".

Russian Federation has employed "a campaign of cyber espionage and aggression, which attempts to disrupt governments and destabilize business", a British government spokesman said in London.

So if you're responsible for telecommunications infrastructure equipment, do your jobs, please, and harden these devices!

It said that the malicious activity enabled sensitive information, such as device administrative credentials, to be accessed and that it could be used to compromise the routers and then lead to other devices on the network being targeted.

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Russian hackers are trying to gain access to the devices that control the flow of internet traffic, the USA and United Kingdom warned Monday in an alert for organizations and individuals worldwide.

On March 15, US-CERT issued a similar alert saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS had determined that Russian Government "cyber actors" had sought to infiltrate US agencies as well as "organisations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors".

After describing the Russian threats, officials of both governments on Monday repeatedly urged individuals and businesses to better protect their own networks.

"When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation state actors, we are going to push back", said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.

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Director Howard Marshall said the alert underscores the United States' commitment to fighting malicious cyber activity.

Up to 400 companies in Australia could become the target of hacker attacks from Russian Federation in 2017.

But the officials said that the extent of Russia's successful penetration of Western computer networks was not fully clear, nor was the Kremlin's ultimate intent. On these findings of Australian experts said in mid-February of 2018, the Minister for law enforcement and cyber security of Australia Angus Taylor. In February, they blamed Russian Federation for a cyberattack the previous June that was known by the name NotPetya.

- Critical network components targeted -The hacking effort goes to the critical components of a computer network: the routers, switches and firewalls created to safely and accurate deliver data from one computer to another.

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"We can't rule out that Russian Federation might intend to use this set of compromises for future offensive cyber operations as well, it provides basic infrastructure they can launch from".

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