US Disrupts Dangerous Russian Malware, DOJ Announces

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on May 9 that through a court-approved counterespionage action, it has disrupted a network of malware that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the former Soviet Union’s KGB, inserted into computer systems.
The malware has been used for almost 20 years to spy on and steal sensitive information from governments and individuals in at least 50 countries, including the United States and other nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Operation MEDUSA, the code name for the U.S. government operation, used a cybertool called “PERSEUS,” developed by the FBI, which essentially commanded the Russian malware “Snake” to disable itself by overwriting its own critical and essential components….

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