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>> Russia is hacking into millions of computer routers in homes and offices around the world, trying to gain enough control to launch crippling cyber attacks. In a rare joint warning, US and UK officials on Monday said the massive cyber espionage campaign has hit government agencies, businesses and even many of the service providers in homes.
Authorities said the hacks, which have been tracked for about a year, could eventually become offensive. Disrupting critical operations such as power grids or water supplies. Jim Finkle is on the story.>> Basically what we know is millions of networking devices around the world have been targeted in this sort of widespread attack.
>> It's not the first time federal officials have warned about Russian hacking. But the scheme laid out Monday reveals the lengths to which Moscow has been willing to go. The US and UK offering urgent guidance to those who could be affected.>> They want to help victims identify that they've been hacked, come forward with details about what happened.
And then they'll have a much better idea of what's going on here. What the threat is and what sort of impact it's had.>> These revelations come as the US Is still struggling with just how wide and deep Russian interference was in the 2016 presidential campaign. The US intelligence community has concluded the Kremlin sought to help President Donald Trump during the election through hacking and other means.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted several Russian citizens for using fake social media accounts in what officials have called information warfare against the United States. Russia has denied it did anything to disrupt the 2016 race.