US sanctions Russians for hacks and ‘tracking cables carrying world data’

An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana

An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana

The US imposed new sanctions today on Russian firms and individuals for helping the country's state security service conduct cyberattacks targeting the American energy grid and other key infrastructure.

"Today's action also targets the Russian government's underwater capabilities", it said.

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Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed four companies, one research institute and three Russian individuals on the sanctions list, freezing all assets subject to us jurisdiction and barring USA companies and individuals from doing business with them.

The department said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks, including last year's NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the US energy grid and global network infrastructure.

The firms designated in Monday's announcement have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber capabilities through their work with the FSB, which has compromised the security of the U.S. and its allies, Mnuchin said.

While the latter two are not based in Russia, the department said they are owned by Russia-based Digital Security, which worked on a project to help Russian hackers.

Moscow has not yet responded to the latest round of USA sanctions, which come only a few days after President Donald Trump shockingly called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G7 club of world leaders.

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

The U.S. Treasury has expanded the package of sanctions against Russia, to include the corresponding list three more Russian companies and three individuals, as reported on Monday, June 11, on the official website of the U.S. Treasury.

ERPScan and Embedi were designated pursuant to E.O.

According to the Treasury Department, "Russia has been active in tracking undersea communication cables" which carry global telecommunications data.

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". Digital Security has some major clients, including Yandex, QIWI, Group, Tele2, and SAP.

Furthermore, sanctions apply to Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy for acting for or on behalf of Divetechnoservices.

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