A federal judge in Pennsylvania gave the FBI permission to seize an internet domain that authorities charge a Russian hacking group known as Sofacy was using to control infected devices.
According to the court, the FBI representatives will lead the signal of the gadgets for connection with the controlled service bureau. It will be used to find the locations of the infected equipment. The data will be passed to the authorities of the countries where the infected gadgets will be found.
'This operation is the first step in the disruption of a botnet that provides the Sofacy actors with an array of capabilities that could be used for a variety of malicious purposes, including intelligence gathering, theft of valuable information, destructive or disruptive attacks, and the misattribution of such activities', Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement.
FBI made a statement on this when Cisco Systems published the report in which the hacker attack against Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc (NTGR.O), TP-Link and QNAP was stated.
The Cisco noted that the largest number of the infected gadgets was found in Ukraine which led it to believe Russia was planning an attack on that country.
Cisco passed the technical details to the U.S. and Ukrainian governments as well as rivals who sell security software, hardware and services.
As we reported Russian hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with malware, probably preparing to launch a cyber-attack on Ukraine.