United Kingdom and USA accuse Russian Federation of cyber attack that compromised global networks

United Kingdom and USA accuse Russian Federation of cyber attack that compromised global networks

It followed a series of warnings by Western governments that Moscow is behind a string of cyber attacks.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The current state of USA and United Kingdom network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, threatens our respective safety, security, and economic well-being", the technical alert said. Initially aimed at Ukraine, the attack spread through computer networks around the world, doing what the White House said was billions of dollars in damages in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The attack focused on governments, businesses, "critical infrastructure", and internet service providers.

US and United Kingdom officials said the campaign wasn't related to Friday night's airstrikesby American, British and French forces on Syria, a Russian ally, or meddling in the upcoming USA midterm elections.

The so-called "Mirai botnet" attack in 2016 hacked into and hijacked thousands upon thousands of mundane internet-connected devices like cameras and DVRs, using them to "ping" web addresses, sending crushing volumes of web traffic to target servers. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the US power grid.

According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations going back to 2016.

Britain and the USA have also blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of a former double agent in the United Kingdom, prompting a global diplomatic crisis.

"This is yet another example of Russia's disregard for worldwide norms and global order - this time through a campaign of cyber espionage and aggression, which attempts to disrupt governments and destabilize business", a British government spokesman said in London.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint statement on the attack, which they said began in 2015 and could have laid the groundwork for further cyber-attacks in the future.

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

USA and British officials warned that infected routers could be used to launch future offensive cyber operations.

They cited cyber security research organisations and other governments as providing evidence of such attacks, without providing details of their timing or scale.

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