Microsoft has shut down six suspected Russian sites that it says were intent on interfering with November elections in this country. They turned to a federal court in Virginia which has been a hot spot for cases of international conspiracies.
The court is the Eastern District of Virginia, and Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says, they were already prepared to act.
“Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Eastern District of Virginia in 2017, entered an order against these Russian hackers and set up a procedure so that Microsoft could come in at any time it detects hacking of this sort and shut down websites, and Microsoft has done this on more than a dozen occasions in the past.”
Microsoft says the Russian government created six phony websites, including some related to public policy and the US Senate with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who visited the sites.