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    https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-106A
    Alert (TA18-106A)

    Original release date: April 16, 2018

    Systems Affected

    • Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Enabled Devices
    • Cisco Smart Install (SMI) Enabled Devices
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Enabled Network Devices


    Overview

    This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This TA provides information on the worldwide cyber exploitation of network infrastructure devices (e.g., router, switch, firewall, Network-based Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) devices) by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors. Targets are primarily government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers, and the Internet service providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors. This report contains technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors to compromise victims. Victims were identified through a coordinated series of actions between U.S. and international partners. This report builds on previous DHS reporting and advisories from the United Kingdom, Australia, and the European Union. [1-5] This report contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and contextual information regarding observed behaviors on the networks of compromised victims. FBI has high confidence that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors are using compromised routers to conduct 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.

    DHS, FBI, and NCSC urge readers to act on past alerts and advisories issued by the U.S. and U.K. Governments, allied governments, network device manufacturers, and private-sector security organizations. Elements from these alerts and advisories have been selected and disseminated in a wide variety of security news outlets and social media platforms. The current state of U.S. network devices—coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices—threatens the safety, security, and economic well-being of the United States.

    The purpose of this TA is to inform network device vendors, ISPs, public-sector organizations, private-sector corporations, and small office home office (SOHO) customers about the Russian government campaign, provide information to identify malicious activity, and reduce exposure to this activity.

    Description

    Since 2015, the U.S. Government received information from multiple sources—including private and public sector cybersecurity research organizations and allies—that cyber actors are exploiting large numbers of enterprise-class and SOHO/residential routers and switches worldwide. The U.S. Government assesses that cyber actors supported by the Russian government carried out this worldwide campaign. These operations enable espionage and intellectual property that supports the Russian Federation’s national security and economic goals.

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    Propaganda.
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    The ruskies have taken over the world, resistance is futile. So says the US gov.

    A nuke strike may be mandatory under the new guidelines, cyberattack. Duck 'n cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonZeplin View Post
    The ruskies have taken over the world, resistance is futile. So says the US gov.

    A nuke strike may be mandatory under the new guidelines, cyberattack. Duck 'n cover.
    At this point, the Baby Boomers may be ready for a bunch of EMPs so we can go back to nice, secure electro-mechanical systems that no one halfway around the world can possibly ever hack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    At this point, the Baby Boomers may be ready for a bunch of EMPs so we can go back to nice, secure electro-mechanical systems that no one halfway around the world can possibly ever hack.
    It's coming. Eventually.
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    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    At this point, the Baby Boomers may be ready for a bunch of EMPs so we can go back to nice, secure electro-mechanical systems that no one halfway around the world can possibly ever hack.
    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    It's coming. Eventually.
    Good!






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