United Kingdom and U.S. accuse Russian Federation of cyber attack that compromised global networks

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The United States and Britain on Monday accused Russian Federation of launching cyber attacks on computer routers, firewalls and other networking equipment used by government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators around the globe.

Hackers backed by the Russian government exploited "large numbers of" routers and switches around the world since 2015.

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

The attack focused on governments, businesses, "critical infrastructure", and internet service providers. They did not identify any victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the USA 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 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.

The likely targets would be internet service providers, governments, the private sector and critical infrastructure, according to a joint statement from the British National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Homeland Security.

"The UK Government will continue to work with the USA, other global allies and industry partners to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour, so they are held accountable for their actions", PA quoted NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin as saying. "Multiple sources including private and public-sector cybersecurity research organizations and allies have reported this activity to the US and United Kingdom governments".

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