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Ransomware’s Russia problem

Ransomware’s Russia problem

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Last week, US news outlet NBC News caused a stir with an article proclaiming that the REvil ransomware used in the recent, colossal Kaseya supply-chain attack was “written to avoid computers that use Russian.”

The attack, one of the largest and most dramatic ransomware attacks in history, happened at a time when the Biden administration was escalating its rhetoric over Russian cyber-activity. To the uninitiated, and the NBC headline writer, it looked like a “new revelation.” Readers were invited to join the geopolitical dots.

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