Officials from the United Kingdom and United States publicly accused the Russian government of coordinating a global cyber-attack Monday; saying Kremlin-backed hackers have “infected” computer systems around the world.
According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the NATO nations going back to 2016.
The hackers reportedly targeted key routers at integral infrastructure hot-spots throughout Europe and North America; specifically targeting government agencies, large corporations, financial institutions, and energy sectors.
“When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back,” said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.
The warning comes weeks after the Trump administration indicted 13 Russian nationals for “sowing disorder” throughout the 2016 race for the White House.