US News 'Kremlin hacking critical national infrastructure in UK'

20:35  16 april  2018
20:35  16 april  2018 Source:   Sky News

'Kremlin hacking critical national infrastructure in UK'

  'Kremlin hacking critical national infrastructure in UK' The Russian government is attacking critical national infrastructure in the UK and the US, security agencies have warned. In a joint technical alert issued by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS), the Kremlin is accused of being behind an on-going hacking campaign.The primary targets of the campaign are government and private-sector organisations, as well as critical infrastructure businesses and the internet service providers supporting those sectors.

Not everything within a national infrastructure sector is judged to be ‘ critical ’. CPNI is focussed on providing advice and assistance to those who have responsibility for protecting these most crucial elements of the UK ’s national infrastructure from national security threats.

UK ’s critical national infrastructure , the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned.The campaign against critical national infrastructure (CNI) has BAE Systems and Kaspersky Labs, who have suggested that the hackers may be based in Eastern Europe.The hacking group is believed to

Countries such as Russia, Iran and China have been blamed for hacking © Getty Countries such as Russia, Iran and China have been blamed for hacking

The Russian government is attacking critical national infrastructure in the UK and the US, security agencies have warned.

In a joint technical alert issued by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS), the Kremlin is accused of being behind an on-going hacking campaign.

The primary targets of the campaign are government and private-sector organisations, as well as critical infrastructure businesses and the internet service providers supporting those sectors.

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Critical infrastructure (or critical national infrastructure (CNI) in the UK ) is a term used by governments to describe assets that are essential for the functioning of a society and economy – the infrastructure .

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According to the alert the attackers are attempting to secure access to computer networks for espionage purposes and to "potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations".

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Ciaran Martin, the head of the NCSC, on Monday described Russia as the UK's "most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace" and said "dealing with their attacks is a major priority" for the UK and its US allies.

"This is the first time that in attributing a cyberattack to Russia, the US and the UK have, at the same time, issued joint advice to industry about how to manage the risks from attacks.

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In a post-Brexit world, the UK is going to need all the help it can get to market itself as a safe place in Yet unfortunately, there are already signs that the bad guys are starting to find ways to hack and disrupt these critical systems, which In Ukraine for two years in a row in December, Kremlin -linked hackers launched sophisticated The problem with critical national infrastructure (CNI) is that it’s

Russia has long been linked with attacks on critical infrastructure around the globe. The decision to publicly blame the Kremlin is a significant move for an administration that has been reticent to punish Russia for its attacks on the 2016 U.S. election.

"It marks an important step in our fightback against state-sponsored aggression in cyberspace," Mr Martin added.

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He said that "many of the techniques used by Russia exploit basic weaknesses in network systems" and said that the NCSC is "leading the way globally to issue advice and automate defences at scale to remove those basic attacks, thereby allowing us to focus on the most potent threats."

Ex-GCHQ boss: Russians do not care who they hurt © Sky News Ex-GCHQ boss: Russians do not care who they hurt

The alert follows an advisory notice released by the NCSC earlier this month which warned that companies connected to British critical national infrastructure were being targeted by attackers, citing cybersecurity reports which suggested the hackers were based in eastern Europe.

Speaking at the CyberUK event in Manchester last week, Jeremy Fleming, the head of GCHQ, warned that the nerve agent attack in Salisbury "demonstrates how reckless Russia is prepared to be".

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Defense Critical Infrastructure . This is not a new topic. Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports dating back to October 1999, in the midst of the “Millennium Bug” or “Y2K” threat, have been hitting the warning klaxon, signaling “our national infrastructure is at risk.”

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"Reckless" was also the word chosen in February, when Western nations publicly and collectively attributed the NotPetya cyber attack against Ukraine to hackers working for the Russian military.

It was the first time that government agencies had stated that the Kremlin was responsible for a cyber attack, and a NATO-affiliated cyber security researcher compared the landmark attribution to the #MeToo movement to Sky News, noting that speaking up and naming the perpetrator is the first step towards responding to their crimes.

The UK's Foreign Office - under which sit both GCHQ and the NCSC - responded to the NotPetya attack by threatening that it would be "imposing costs on those who would seek to do us harm".

As tensions rose following the Salisbury attack, Robert Hannigan, the former head of GCHQ, told Sky News that the UK's offensive cyber capabilities were "the best in the world, I think" - but launching a cyber-conflict is not a trivial thing.

"It's a bit like launching a military conflict and I don't think anybody would benefit from that... it would be stepping into a different dimension and really playing the Russians at their own game - they don't care how they behave."

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