PressTV-US says disrupted Kremlin-backed botnet

The US says it has seized an internet domain that directed a Russian botnet of half-million hacked users at American infrastructure.

The US Justice Department made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that the hackers behind the botnet had ties with the Russian intelligence.

The department said it has been trying to bust an operation deeply embedded in small and medium-sized computer networks enabled Russian hackers to infiltrate computers on various US networks and easily steal data.

Dubbed the “VPNFilter,” the botnet was allegedly set up by a hacking group that goes by names such as APT28, Pawn Storm, Sandworm, Fancy Bear and the Sofacy Group.

Washington has longed blamed the group for a purported cyber attacks on different governments and key infrastructure industries like power grids, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Anti-Doping Agency.

More importantly, the US intelligence community accuses the…

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