Transcript for US, UK warn of Russian hackers' targeting homes
Knotted at new. Urgent warning about Russian hackers the US and UKR issue eat a rare joint statement about a massive attack which is targeting millions of homes and businesses worldwide. Through the Internet and our routers ABC's Chief Justice correspondent your Thomas joins us from Washington here how worry some is this. Indeed Paula good morning today US law enforcement and Homeland Security officials. All warning that America's again are the victims of Russian government hackers were secretly exploding something very close to home. New this morning the government issuing an urgent alert. Warning that state sponsored Russian hackers have secretly lust a campaign to infiltrate Internet routers. To commit espionage. Still business and design secrets and to potentially large future attacks the target millions of American companies small businesses. Even your homes. Those routers controlling the flow of Internet traffic. Now apparently well in the primary gateways for the Russian government to snoop on Americans and potentially shut down services. These devices actually make ideal targets but in the global threat to simple way to think about it is who went to own the router you own the traffic. That's traversing the rudder. Through new warning coming on the heels of her recent intelligence reports the Russian government hacking has targeted a wide range of US critical infrastructure. Including the electric grid nuclear power plants order treatment aviation security analysts sounding the alarm that we may be on the cusp. A cyber warfare. Imagine if you were in the during the Cold War we found out that Soviet military intelligence operatives. The play secret explosives that could take down the electric grid all around the United States. The Russians in some cases have gain access to Internet router passwords and credentials. Once there and they can see your Internet traffic like your emails and even seems content and comedy of computers. Policy so they're taking over our computers that's extremely troubling pier but there's the concern of these bad actors they've already. Embedded themselves into our routers so what can we do it to protect ourselves. How many of us may not realize it but you can actually change the password when your router in fact authorities are emphasizing Republican play a role. And reducing this threat that's the primary reason they're putting up to a home. Good advice parent note to myself I changed my router password what I get help I think a lot different because Angela thank.
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