Russian Hackers Target Ubiquiti Routers
March 6, 2024

Joint Warning Issued on Russian Cyber Actors Exploiting Ubiquiti EdgeRouters

In a combined effort, the National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Cyber Command, and their international partners have issued a Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) warning that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors, specifically APT28 (also known as Fancy Bear, Forest Blizzard, and Strontium), are actively exploiting critical vulnerabilities in Ubiquiti EdgeRouters. These compromised routers have been used globally to:

  • Steal credentials: APT28 gains access to sensitive login information.
  • Proxy network traffic: They can mask their online activities by redirecting internet traffic through the compromised routers.
  • Host malicious content: Fake websites and custom exploitation tools are deployed to further their attacks.
  • Gain Unfettered Access: Once compromised, the routers can provide APT28 with complete control over Linux-based operating systems to install tooling and to obfuscate their identity while conducting malicious campaigns. This allows them to:
    • Install additional malicious tools: They equip the compromised routers with additional malware for further exploitation.
    • Hide their activities: By manipulating the system, they can make it harder to detect their presence.

Although a recent joint operation by the US DOJ, FBI, and international partners disrupted a network of compromised routers controlled by APT28, the threat remains.

Targeted Industries: Organizations across various sectors have been targeted, including:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Governments and Militaries
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

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 The CSA Advisory is located here: https://media.defense.gov/2024/Feb/27/2003400753/-1/-1/0/CSA-Russian-Actors-Use-Routers-Facilitate-Cyber_Operations.PDF

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