US and UK fight Russian ‘aggression’ in cyberspace
Britain and the US have issued a formal alert about “malicious cyber activity” by Russia amid warnings that relations with Moscow have hit an all-time low.
The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) combined with the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security to issue an unprecedented joint “technical alert” setting out the threat across the public and private sectors.
Officials said the move had been planned for “some time” and was not directly related to the US-led missiles strikes over the weekend on Russia’s ally Syria. However NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin said it was a “significant moment” in the fightback against Russian aggression in cyberspace.
A joint UK-US statement said the state of US and UK network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, “threatens our respective safety, security and economic well-being”.
Mr Martin said they had seen the “sustained targeting of multiple entities” over a series of months with millions of machines around the world being targeted.
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