In a statement the U.S. Justice Department said, it had seized two Internet domains names which had been used in spear-phishing attacks that mimicked the email communications from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Armed with a court order, the Justice Department seized two command-and-control (C2) and malware distribution domains on May 28. The domain name seizure is expected to help identify the targeted groups as well as potentially stop such future victimizations.
Last week Microsoft had said a Russian hacking group Nobelium was behind the SolarWinds cyberattack and has now turned towards attacking government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consultants and think tanks.
“Friday’s court-authorized domain seizures reflect the FBI Washington Field Office’s continued commitment to cyber victims in our region,” said Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.