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U.S. dismantles Russian spy hacker network

U.S. dismantles Russian spy hacker network Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Ministry of Justice of the United States of America has destroyed a hacker network operated by Russian Federation intelligence, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

"For the second time in two months, we’ve disrupted state-sponsored hackers from launching cyber-attacks behind the cover of compromised U.S. routers," said U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.

The Department of Justice stated that in January 2024, a court-sanctioned operation neutralized a network of hundreds of small office and home office routers controlled by Russian intelligence and used to conceal and otherwise facilitate various crimes.

"In this case, Russian intelligence services turned to criminal groups to help them target home and office routers, but the Justice Department disabled their scheme," added Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Garland stated that the Department of Justice will step up efforts to halt Russian government cyber campaigns against the United States and its partners, including Ukraine.

Cyberattacks on Russia

Since the start of the full-scale war, Ukrainian IT specialists have been attacking the websites of major Russian banks and state institutions. The websites of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Roskomnadzor, and Rosaviatsia were shut down. Large and state (propaganda) media outlets also stopped working due to hacker attacks.

On the evening of Tuesday, January 30, Russia began experiencing significant internet network problems.

Recently, we reported that Ukrainian hackers hacked into a Russian state enterprise and stole documentation on 500 objects of the Russian Ministry of Defense.