US, UK blame Russia for coordinated cyberattacks on Internet devices worldwide

Source: The Hill | April 16, 2018 | Morgan Chalfant

Senior U.S. and British officials on Monday blamed the Russian government for coordinated cyberattacks against Internet infrastructure worldwide in an effort to conduct espionage and intellectual property theft.

Officials said that Russian hackers have been conducting a months-long cyber campaign against network devices used by government organizations, private industry and critical infrastructure operators. The hackers have tried to breach routers, switches and firewalls in an effort to breach organizations across the globe, officials said.

White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said that the hackers were likely conducting the attacks for spying purposes or intellectual property theft, but that the access could be used to facilitate future offensive activity.

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