The United States announced last Wednesday that it had secretly removed a Russian malware from devices targeting thousands of small to medium businesses around the world. This news was announced by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland. This is another development of Russian warfare, not just in Ukraine but also in the digital realm anywhere in the world.
FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the move, saying that it had conducted a sophisticated, court-authorized operation disrupting a “botnet” created by the Russian government’s intelligence agency, the GRU, specifically the GRU’s Sandworm Team. The botnet had allegedly infiltrated thousands of devices in several parts of the world.
“Today, we’re announcing a sophisticated, court-authorized operation disrupting a botnet of thousands of devices controlled by the Russian government—before it could do any harm. We removed malware from devices used by thousands of mostly small businesses for network security all over the world. And then we shut the door the Russians had used to get into them,” he stated.
In a separate news conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the same operation for transparency.