The officials said the latest attacks affected a wide range of organisations - including internet service providers, private-sector firms and critical infrastructure providers.
The goal of the announcement Monday was to warn corporations and individuals to protect themselves against attacks.
FBI Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall said the activity is a part of a "repeated pattern of disruptive and harmful cyber action" carried out by Russian Federation.
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The months-long campaign saw hackers attempt to compromise "millions" of devices - including routers, switches, firewalls and network intrusion detection systems - and officials have that the sustained effort could have been used for espionage, the theft of intellectual property or for "use in times of tension". Multiple studies have found that companies often install routers with their default passwords (often simply 1-2-3-4), making them child's play to break into. Anticipate more diplomatic expulsions, or other responses in a cyber-world.
"This is a global threat", Manfra said.
On Thursday, a British spy chief said that his GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) agency would "continue to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour", adding there would be increasing demand for its cyber expertise.
In an extraordinary joint statement, authorities in the United States and the UK revealed that Russian Federation has been probing the cyber-defences to identify vulnerabilities that will "lay a foundation for future offensive operations". "It marks an important step in our fight back against state-sponsored aggression in cyberspace".
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"Many of the techniques used by Russian Federation exploit basic weaknesses in network systems", Martin said.
"They're legacy pieces of equipment that are being phased out but they've got vulnerabilities as a result of the fact that they, for example, have not been patched".
Cyber security representatives from the USA 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.
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