US, UK issue odd warning about Russian hackers

​The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have today issued a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian government. ​

To ​summarize the alert – It claims hackers tied to the Russian government have attempted to compromise millions of routers and firewalls across the Internet, from enterprise-focused network equipment to the ​basic routers in homes and small businesses across the world. The report warns that the attacks “enable espionage and intellectual property [theft] that supports the Russian Federation’s national security and economic goals,” The alert ​offers technical advice about how to detect and stop those attacks.

The joint statement can be read here as well as the issued advisory.

This is odd activity to pick up and alert on as the UK and US government hackers and particularly those in the NSA and GCHQ perform broad intrusions across the world for espionage, too. Many nations hack routers like the ones mentioned in Monday’s alert, based on what we k​now from classified leaks.

Calling out Russia for the same sort of spying the 5 eye nations routinely ​perform​ as well only blurs the red line of what is not acceptable on the cyber front line – such as disruptive attacks on civilian infrastructure, power or interfering in elections, which do warrant alerts.

This latest alert seems to be about politics! Russians hacking routers with default passwords isn’t big news.

The real red lines that Russia has crossed previously includes its blackout-inducing cyberwar in Ukraine, its leaks of stolen Clinton campaign documents in the 2016 presidential election,  and the NotPetya outbreak that struck civilian infrastructure and organizations globally, now believed to be the most costly cyberattack in history.

To be fair the alert may be more about warning that ​Russia are laying a foundation for future offensive operations. Plus some geopolitics all rolled into one.

Don’t ​use default passwords. Patch your stuff. Stick to the usual security best practices. Its just another day in cyberspace.

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  • John T says:

    Bravo Nathan. The western propaganda machinery is working at full pelt.

    Always worth keep an eye on the real news they’re try to cover up during these strange news cycle aberrations.

  • Elliot Alderson says:

    I personally feel that politicians shouldn’t try to poke their nose too far into cyberspace as most of them are completely and utterly inept when it comes to internet technologies…as was made crystal clear in the recent Mark Zuckerberg before congress freakshow.

    Hacking is as much part of cyberspace as car accidents on roads and all this posturing nonsense and blame-throwing is pure politics.

  • Dale Singletary says:

    Nathan I realize this isn’t new news, however what should the average person do to secure themselves? Perhaps providing some pointers! Thank you!

  • Alfie Conetta says:

    Thanks for the update Nathan.

  • Black says:

    That’s very helpful. Updating patches and passwords today. Thanks Nate!

  • Ale Canto says:

    Thank you for this great article Nathan. While I am a loyal supporter of Mr. Trump, there is nothing that infuriates me more then listening to official of the US and UK, the most advanced militarizes on earth that just dropped 100+ missiles with extreme precision, telling us to fear these Russian Hackers. We shouldn’t fear anyone, let alone these low-lifes. I believe Mr. Trump is not the one pushing this propaganda and I hope it stops.

  • BB85 says:

    our privacy was already been compromised long time ago…
    we should be more aware about usa surveillance via microsoft, Apple, google, facebook, …they own us on every step…

  • Vernon Dunbar says:

    Thank you!

  • Marco H says:

    Thanks Nathan… it is still absurd after all these news coverage how many people still leave default passwords on everything for the sake of “convenience” or “who’s going to hack me I have nothing to hide” mentality.

  • Daleos says:

    Perhaps there’s a silver lining to all this. Maybe, just maybe, the average consumer is a bit more scared of commies under the bed than a spotty teen and will actually take notice about security.

  • Fridah says:

    thank you

  • A. Abozeid says:

    Hello…
    Thanks for your news Mr.Nathan.

    I am a student and enrolled 5 courses on Udemy…
    But what I really hope to see… is a community or a big team that you lead on the internet… and show us the right path to study the infosec…
    Alsi we could meet annually and work on projects under your supervision.

    Best wishes for you

  • Big potato guy says:

    Why do some people have default router passwords XD

  • musclemission says:

    WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THESE IDIOT PEOPLE , TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE , HOW TO SPEAK , WHERE TO GO , PULLING DOWN OUR HISTORY AND STATUES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS .. WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THIS COUNTRY ., AND IF I HAVE TO LISTEN TO THAT LITTLE SNOT NOSE HOGG , A LITTLE NOBODY , WHO NEEDS A GOOD SLAP IN THE FACE . AND LAURA HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK HER MIND .. I AM WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THAT RIGHT AS MOST OF US HAVE ALREADY DONE BY SERVING THIS GREAT COUNTRY I GIVE 10 STARS TO MY PILLOW MIKE ITS COURAGE .. AND HE WILL ONLY INCREASE HIS BUSINESS , BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT HIM WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THIS GARBAGE., AND IF ANYBODY , HAS ANYTHING TO ME , I AM RIGHT HERE GO AHEAD , MAKE MY DAY I AM NOT GIVING UP MY COUNTRY FOR NOBODY NOT THESE IDIOTS COMING OUT THE SCHOOLS, AND NOT THE COMMUNIST THAT WE HAVE IN THE CONGRESS AND SENATE ITS TIME FOR AN AMERICAN SPRING AND WE CAN DRAIN THE SWAMP WITH N O PROBLEM GO UP THERE , AND MAKE CITIZENS ARRESTS AND PUT THEM ALL IN GITMO , FOR TREASON , ESPIONAGE , CONSPIRACY , SABOTAGE AND COLLUSION . I AM SICK AND TIRED OF MORON PEOPLE REMOVING OUR STATUES OF HISTORY , IF YOU DON”T LIKE THEM , THAT”S TOUGH SHIT. GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WAKE UP AMERICA .. FIGHT FOR WHAT BELONGS TO YOU!!!! AND GOD BLESS MIKE LINDELL HE IS AN AMERICAN HERO , JUST LIKE TRUMP .

    • SeolaAi says:

      You are sick and tired of other people’s right to free speech? I am sick sick and tired of free speech being abused by ignorant rhetoric, foul language, and threats. However, like Voltaire, I will defend to death the right to free speech, despite the ignorance that colours the narrative. I am human 1st, Canadian 2nd.

  • Cyber Kitten says:

    Thanks for the update. Putin and Russia are the boogiemen. The emotions that are created by the “news” these days remind me of watching flocks of bats. At this point It’s just emotional manipulation of the fanged winged creatures who might carry rabies. You want them to see the light. but it’s just not in their nature. Alright. I’ll stop with the mixed analogies. 🙂

    I was laughing when I read this: “…based on what we k​now from classified leaks.” What are classified leaks?

  • Avel Jason Deleon says:

    Thanks for the update, Nathan

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