April 16, 2018 / 4:37 PM / 4 months ago

U.S., UK charge Russian-backed hackers of global cyber espionage campaign

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - The United States and United Kingdom on Monday charged that Russian government-backed hackers have infected computer routers around the world in a cyber espionage campaign that targeted government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators.

U.S and UK officials told reporters in a conference call that they plan to issue a joint alert on the attacks, which target routers that form a key part of the internet infrastructure, in a cyber espionage campaign that could be levered in the future to launch offensive attacks. (Reporting by Jim Finkle and Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)

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