US, UK accuse Russian government-backed hackers in global cyber campaign

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Britain and the United States said they issued the new alert to help targets protect themselves and persuade victims to share information with government investigators so they can better understand the threat.

Washington and London issued a joint alert, saying the widespread, global campaign began in 2015 and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks.

Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russian Federation and the Assad government of stopping inspectors from reaching Douma.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Monday. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory United States-led missile strikes on Syria over the weekend.

American and British officials said that the attacks disclosed on Monday affected a wide range of organizations including internet service providers, private businesses and critical infrastructure providers. They did not identify any victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks.

"When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back", said Rob Joyce, the White House cyber security coordinator.

"We don't have full insight into the scope of the compromise", said U.S. Department of Homeland Security cyber security official Jeanette Manfra.

The U.S. accused Russia Monday of blocking worldwide inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

In an extraordinary joint statement, authorities in the USA and the United Kingdom revealed that Russian Federation has been probing the cyber-defences to identify vulnerabilities that will "lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

Britain would consider launching a cyber attack against Russian Federation in retaliation if Russian Federation targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed security sources.

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