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U.S. Says It Secretly Removed Malware Worldwide, Preempting Russian Cyberattacks

By Kate Conger and David E. Sanger

06 Apr 2022 · 1 min read

The United States said Wednesday that it had secretly removed malware from computer networks around the world in recent weeks, a step to preempt Russian cyberattacks and send a message to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

The move, made public by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, comes as U.S. officials warn that Russia could try to strike American critical infrastructure — including financial firms, pipelines and the electric grid — in response to the crushing sanctions that the United States has imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

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