U.S., U.K. issue joint warning of Russian government hacking

Cables and lights on a router.
A router. Photo: Maureen Sullivan/Contributor

Russia is hacking routers inside U.S. and U.K. government agencies, companies, critical infrastructure, and ISPs to spy and steal data, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and Britain's National Cyber Security Centre announced in a rare joint Technical Alert on Monday.

Context: Russia’s relations with both the U.S. and the U.K. are at an all-time-low following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England and the chemical weapons attack in Syria. “This is yet another example of Russia’s disregard for international norms and global order," a U.K. government spokesperson said.