US, UK warn against Russia-sponsored cyber-attacks

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Cyber security representatives from the U.S. and Britain have warned of Russian state-sponsored cyber-attacks that are targeting network infrastructure devices such as routers and firewalls, to compromise government and private sectors globally.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he had persuaded US President Donald Trump not to pull troops out of Syria and instead commit "for the long term".

The government's cybersecurity office has contacted all the businesses on the list to alert them to the risk.

Mr Lavrov also questioned why the US, UK and France had carried out their retaliatory air strikes before OPCW inspectors were able to visit the site.

They cited cyber security research organisations and other governments as providing evidence of such attacks, without providing details of their timing or scale.

"These incidents are unacceptable and the Australian government calls on all countries, including Russian Federation, not to take actions that could lead to damage of critical infrastructure that provide services to the public".

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Mr Hanson said the affected routers were old models that had not been patched with the latest software.

The United States and United Kingdom have been tracking the vulnerabilities of these devices and knows of at least two examples of them being targeted. A new war against Syria would have negative consequences, especially because it would end the little confidence we have left over the acts of the West, Lavrov told the British public radio and television network BBC. The pre-attack communication with Russian Federation, a key Assad ally, signals an attempt to avoid direct confrontation, said Olivier Jakob, an analyst with oil consultancy Petromatrix. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

Russian Federation said there would be consequences for the strike but did not offer any more detail.

Although the United States and allies have released satellite images of their targets before and after the offensive clearly showing their destruction, Russian Federation has nonetheless released official statements claiming that Syrian anti-air defenses had successfully "countered" the attack, even going so far as to claim that Syrian defense platforms dating back to the Soviet era had actually intercepted the vast majority of inbound missiles.

While this hack occurred in 2017, Mr Hanson suggested there could be a connection, suggesting Australia and its allies may have believed the Russians were about to utilise the exploits they set up a year ago. Unknown persons broke into the hospital, where patients were treated, after a fire in a building, with exclamations that they were the target of a chemical attack and threw water with a hose on the patients, who panicked, the witnesses narrated.