UK, US, and Australia blame Russian Federation for global cyber attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a huge public backlash after bombing Syria without the backing of Parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a huge public backlash after bombing Syria without the backing of Parliament

The National Cyber Security Centre, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department for Homeland Security in the United States have warned that this "threatens our respective safety, security and economic well-being".

Russian Federation has hacked into millions of computers across Britain, including home terminals and internet routers, and may be preparing for a widescale cyber attack, USA and United Kingdom security chiefs said in an unprecedented warning last night.

"Russian state-sponsored actors are using compromised routers to conduct spoofing "man-in-the-middle" attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations", the United Kingdom and USA warned.

Some private-sector cyber security experts have criticized the US government for being too slow to release information about cyber attacks.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said during a two-hour grilling on French television, broadcast days after his government joined the U.S. and Britain in launching strikes against alleged Syrian regime chemical weapons facilities.

"We know that they were behind these attacks and that's a very important escalation", Fergus Hanson from Canberra's International Cyber Policy Centre told ABC News. "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", he said. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid. On Thursday, a British spy chief said that his GCHQ agency would "continue to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour", adding there would be increasing demand for its cyber expertise. "We condemn this latest activity in the strongest possible terms".

This approach, said Fleming, has worked against Daesh and could work against other national security challenges too.

Director Howard Marshall said the alert underscores the United States' commitment to fighting malicious cyber activity.

"Even if the OPCW team is able to visit Douma to gather information to make that assessment - and they are now being prevented from doing so by the regime and the Russians - it can not attribute responsibility", she said.

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