State agencies, critical infrastructures, companies and individuals. They're all on target. Kremlin-controlled hackers have launched a gigantic campaign of ciberespionaje and infected "millions of computers all over planet" in preparation for "a future offensive." The United States and United Kingdom yesterday launched this devastating warning in a joint appearance in which, without providing specific data from companies or agencies concerned, highlighted that from now publicly respond to se alleged attacks.
The Russian ciberofensiva has been active for over a year. Its objective, always according to American and British version, is "to take positions for times of tension". One of its preferred targets are routers (routers), devices whose control allows Pirates to launch screen attacks (man in middle), in which intruder is between two users and intercepts all ir messages, being able to infiltrate those that want Without being detected.
"When you have router, you control all traffic and you can have keys and identifications necessary to deepen. It's a most dangerous weapon in hands of enemy, "said Howard Marshall of FBI. "This allows m to spy on and steal intellectual property, as well as prepare ir jump for following offensives," British executive said.
Despite alert entity, neir Washington nor London offered details of Ciberofensiva. With generic tone of bleached intelligence reports for public exposure, y made known that in this campaign have been infiltrated millions of computers of individuals and small companies with aim of serving as a platform for future Destabilizing operations.
"From now on, every time we detect an evil cyberattack, wher from Kremlin or anor nation, we will respond and use all available power to push back se intrusions," president's special adviser on cybersecurity, Rob Joyce, warned.
Fear of a cyberattack has become an obsession with American security services. In May last year, world attended a devastating example. 300,000 people from 17 countries fell victim to WannaCry virus. Far from being work of isolated hackers, NSA concluded that it was a North Korean-controlled operation. A regime that already in 2015 attacked multinational Sony pictures to avoid diffusion of a film that ridiculed supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.
In recent months, according to White House, Russian penetration attempts at nuclear power stations and large electrical and hydraulic infrastructures have been added to this precedent. The infiltration has not given rise to date of any sabotage. But it has made it clear to Western intelligence that Kremlin has ability to push lever and cause a catastrophe.
This possibility is seen by Pentagon as a threat of such caliber that has led him to include it among detonators of a nuclear response. The point of view is Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. "The potential for a surprise attack is going to increase in coming years to extent that billions of digital devices will continue to connect to a low-security network and that both nations and malignant actors have increased ir ability to use Cybernetic tools. There is refore a growing risk that certain adversaries will launch against United States a cyberattack (eir of data destruction or a localized and temporary disruption of critical infrastructures) and to open a crisis without need to declare war, " It indicates a report by National Security Directorate, agency that brings toger espionage agencies.
Faced with se threats, White House has launched a public complaint campaign that has accompanied direct sanctions to Moscow. Although eclipsed by electoral interference scandal, Treasury Department has already punished Russian companies and oligarchs for se cyber. These include allegedly launched by Kremlin in June 2017 through malicious Program (malware) NotPetya and that affected trade and drug distribution. "The administration is facing and trying to counteract Russia's malignant ciberactividades since its interference in US elections as cyber destructive and intrusions into critical areas," Treasury Department said.