Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

USA announces more sanctions against Russian Federation over hacking concerns

USA announces more sanctions against Russian Federation over hacking concerns

"The entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB and therefore jeopardize the safety and security of the United States and our allies", said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

In January, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions under CAATSA on significant transactions with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors.

The designation blocks all property of those targeted that is subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits American citizens from engaging in transactions with them.

The sanctions which were imposed because of cyberattacks were placed on five Russian firms and three of their executives
The sanctions which were imposed because of cyberattacks were placed on five Russian firms and three of their executives

The official statement said that these designated entities have provided material and technological support to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia's military and intelligence services with other malicious activities.

Anderson said the company's headquarters and research and development hub are located in Herzilya, north of Tel Aviv and that "we have no connections with Russia or the Russian government".

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The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three executives from one of them under legislation passed previous year and an executive order aimed at punishing efforts to hack into USA computer systems.

Mnuchin said the U.S.is committed to "aggressively targeting" anyone aiding the FSB, saying the US would do so under the 2017 sanctions law, known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

More recently, US officials also revealed that Kremlin-linked hackers staged a multi-year cyberattack campaign on the American energy sector and other elements of critical infrastructure.

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The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives, including Digital Security, ERPScan, Embedi, Kvant Scientific Research Institute, and Divetechnoservices.

The three people named - Aleksandr Tribun, Oleg Chirikov and Vladimir Kaganskiy - reportedly have ties to Divetechnoservices, a company that allegedly specialises in hacking into undersea communications cables. Hacks in the runup to the U.S. presidential election in 2016 are also linked to Russian Federation.

Russian Federation was ousted from the then-Group of Eight in 2014 as punishment for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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