Russian hackers have infected 'millions of machines' across the world

Russian hackers have infected 'millions of machines' across the world

While hundreds of local businesses have been affected by the cyber attack, no information was compromised, the ABC said. It had also let attackers cripple firewalls and intrusion detection systems that organizations use to flag malicious internet traffic, according to the BBC.

British and U.S. governments said they intend to provide organisations with technical details on the attacks so determine if they have been hacked and prepare for any future attacks. The alert also theorized that this type of compromise to hardware might even be used as a foundation for future attacks.

Specifically, the hackers were exploiting default passwords on users' routers, and exploiting unsecured devices in homes and business.

"Russian government-sponsored actors" accessing passwords, information through routers. And two: "Encourage industry to secure the devices we depend on", White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said. Lastly, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate if a device has been already compromised.

The alert urges network device vendors, ISPs, public sector organisations and private corporations of all sizes to read it and act on the recommended mitigation strategies.

The warning came from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain's National Cyber Security Center, and included advice about what companies can do to protect themselves.

Law enforcement and cyber security minister Angus Taylor said a "significant" number of organisations were targeted in the wide-ranging attack reported by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

"The UK government will continue to work with the U.S., other global allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions", he commented.

US Homeland Security has directly condemned the Russian state for the attacks. "This isn't an isolated incident by any stretch and should be viewed in the totality of Russian malicious cyber activity".

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.

"We are pushing back, and we are pushing back hard", said Joyce.

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