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United States and UK issue joint alert warning of Russian cyber attacks

United States and UK issue joint alert warning of Russian cyber attacks

While a significant number of Australian organisations had been affected, there was no indication Australian information had been compromised, he said.

American and British officials said the attacks affected a wide range of organizations including internet service providers, private businesses and critical infrastructure providers.

British and USA intelligence services released a joint statement on Monday evening saying the main targets included "government and private-sector organisations", as well as providers of "critical infrastructure" and internet service providers.

USA and United Kingdom officials said in their conference call they had high confidence that Russian Federation was to blame.

In addition, Mr Joyce said, many different organisation had come under attacks for months at a time in a bid to scoop up valuable intellectual property, business information or to get at their customers.

Cyberattacks can, for example, cause widespread chaos by shutting down energy grids.

"Once you own the router, you own the traffic that's traversing the router", she said.

"They're legacy pieces of equipment that are being phased out but they've got vulnerabilities as a result of the fact that they, for example, have not been patched".

Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor blamed the Kremlin for the attacks, which he described as a "very important escalation" to ABC.

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He said it was now possible to identify the culprits behind many attacks, including state actors like Russian Federation.

"We have high confidence that Russian Federation has carried out a coordinated campaign to compromise. routers, residential and business - the things you and I have in our home", said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.

The British envoy to the OPCW said it had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014, and that a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded that troops under President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons several times in recent years, including a sarin attack a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 100 people.

While this hack occurred in 2017, Mr Hanson suggested there could still be a connection, suggesting Australia and its allies may have believed the Russians were about to utilise the exploits they set up past year.

"It's harder to track, attribute and respond immediately to a cyber attack. than it is to know who fired a missile", the official said.

He also suggested the three countries may have sat quietly on the intelligence because they were "using the knowledge" to understand Russia's methods.

Ryabkov's comments on Monday came in response to remarks made by Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, who said on Sunday that Washington will impose new economic sanctions on Russian Federation for their support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


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