Russia Denies US and UK Allegations of Global Cyber Attack

Charlene Craig
April 17, 2018

"Specifically, these cyber-exploits were directed at network infrastructure devices worldwide such as routers, switches, firewalls, network intrusion detection system", the statement by the US Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre read.

The attack focused on governments, businesses, "critical infrastructure", and internet service providers. The alert includes information on how to spot signs of compromised network and technical details on potential cyber attack tactics.

The United States and Britain on Monday (April 17) charged that Russian government-backed hackers have infected computer routers around the world in a cyber espionage campaign that targeted government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators. UK, US and France all participated in the strikes.

The malicious cyber activity, which allegedly began in 2015, has been given the name GRiZZLY STEP by the U.S. authorities.

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Howard Marshall, who works in the FBI's cyber-division and who was on the conference call, said: "We will bring every tool to bear against them in every corner of cyberspace".

Military officials have long anxious that the first strike in any "kinetic" war (in which things are actually blown up) could very likely be a cyber strike, knocking out a nation's infrastructure and making it more hard for the nation to strike back against missiles and other hostile actions. "We do not make this attribution lightly and will hold steadfast with our partners". Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the USA power grid.

Shortly after the announcement, the White House said Joyce would leave his post and return to the U.S. National Security Agency.

"For over twenty years, GCHQ has been tracking the key Russian cyber attack groups and today's joint UK-US alert shows that the threat has not gone away".

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"Many of the techniques used by Russian Federation exploit basic weaknesses in network systems".

This advisory provides information on the worldwide cyber exploitation of network infrastructure devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, Network-based Intrusion Detection System.

Britain and the United States on Monday released a rare joint statement warning of "malicious cyber activity" carried out by the Russian state.

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