U.S. blocks Russian cyberattack on grid

The White House recently revealed the federal government has detected and secretly removed malware from computer networks around the world that could have led to a Russian attack on vital infrastructure including pipelines, the grid and financial networks.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the latest effort to prevent a major cyber operation that could strike a blow at the American economy in retaliation for sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine.

The malware can be used for surveillance or destructive attacks. A court order allows the FBI to remove malware, even from private computer networks and sometimes with the company’s knowledge.