U.S., U.K.: Rus­sia is do­ing more spy­ing

The Maui News - - NATION -

Wash­ing­ton and Lon­don on Mon­day jointly ac­cused the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment of ma­li­ciously tar­get­ing global in­ter­net equip­ment for po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic es­pi­onage.

The two gov­ern­ments said the Rus­sian op­er­a­tions, which al­legedly in­volve plant­ing mal­ware on in­ter­net routers and other equip­ment, could also lay the foun­da­tion for fu­ture of­fen­sive cy­ber­at­tacks.

A joint state­ment by the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, the FBI and the U.K.’s Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre said the main tar­gets in­clude “gov­ern­ment and pri­vate-sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions,” as well as providers of “crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture” and in­ter­net ser­vice providers.

“Vic­tims were iden­ti­fied through a co­or­di­nated se­ries of ac­tions be­tween U.S. and in­ter­na­tional part­ners,” ac­cord­ing to a com­pan­ion tech­ni­cal alert is­sued by the U.S. Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team. Both na­tions have “high con­fi­dence” in the find­ing of Rus­sian-spon­sored cy­ber-med­dling, which the alert said has been re­ported by mul­ti­ple sources since 2015.

Routers are de­vices that di­rect data traf­fic across the in­ter­net. US-CERT said the com­pro­mised routers can be ex­ploited for “man-in-themid­dle” spoof­ing at­tacks, in

which com­mu­ni­ca­tions are in­ter­cepted by a seem­ingly trusted de­vice that has ac­tu­ally been in­fil­trated by an at­tacker.

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