The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had disrupted a Russian cyber espionage group that allegedly released a sophisticated malware, known as Snake, onto computer networks across the world.
The agency attributed the malware to Turla, a hacking unit within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). For nearly 20 years, Turla used the malware to steal sensitive information from hundreds of computers in at least 50 countries, including members of NATO.
“The Justice Department, together with our international partners, has dismantled a global network of malware-infected computers that the Russian government has used for nearly two decades to conduct cyber-espionage, including against our NATO allies,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.
The Justice Department said it obtained a search warrant from a U.S. court authorizing it to remotely access the compromised computers and disable the malware.
The FBI said it plans to notify all owners and operators of computers that were compromised.
This is the latest of DOJ takedown of a cybercrime group.
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