According to the British intelligence, the National Security Council (NSC), the DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they have accused Russian Federation of trying to compromise routers for the past few months in a bid to hijack the internet's infrastructure.
The router hacking operation has targeted both government and private sector groups, and the key providers of network infrastructure and internet services serving them. And two: "Encourage industry to secure the devices we depend on", White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce said. The alert also theorized that this type of compromise to hardware might even be used as a foundation for future attacks.
The Russian government will no doubt deny all of these claims, as it has done with other accusations levelled at it in recent weeks, but it's unlikely they'll manage to convince the security service of their innocence.
The technical alert said the USA government had been receiving information that the cyber actors had been exploiting switches - named by the ACSC as "switches with Cisco Smart Install accessible from the internet, and routers or switches with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled and exposed to the internet" - since 2015. Lastly, the alert outlined what erratic hardware behavior should indicate if a device has been already compromised.
The hacks were being tracked by British intelligence from a year ago, said Ciaran Martin, director of U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre, run out of intelligence agency GCHQ, whilst the US noted the attacks started back in 2015.
BRITAIN is braced for cyber warfare attacks by Russian Federation that could send services such as healthcare, transport and utilities into meltdown.
"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", Martin added.
Russian Federation is being accused of a massive campaign to undermine the security of firewalls and routers in a bid to support espionage and future attacks.
"The attribution of this malicious activity sends a clear message to Russian Federation - we know what you are doing and you will not succeed", the spokesman added.
"It's a tremendous weapon in the hands of an adversary", echoed the FBI's Howard Marshall, the deputy assistant director of the cyber division.
This is according to a joint announcement by both the U.S. and United Kingdom intelligence agencies.