USA imposes new Russian Federation sanctions over cyber-attacks

US sanctions new Russian entities over cyberattacks

US authorities hit three Russians and five companies with new sanctions, targeting a cyberresearch company and one that specializes in providing underwater diving equipment to Russia's lead security agency, the FSB.

It is also reported today's action also targets the Russian government's underwater capabilities.

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Washington has imposed new sanctions against Russian Federation.

The BBC reports that those sanctioned will be prohibited from "any transactions involving the United States financial system", and that "American citizens and companies can not do business with the Russian entities".

The attacks also included assaults on the USA energy grid and on internet routers and switches, the Treasury said.

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 United States and its allies, Mnuchin said.

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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 United States and its allies, Mnuchin said.

The Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned five Russian entities and three Russian individuals for helping Russia build up its offensive hacking prowess, targeting them as part of an continuing effort to deter Moscow's aggression in cyberspace, US officials said.

According to the news portal RBC, Digital Security company engaged in consulting in the field of information security, "Dayvtekhnoservis" specializiruetsya on all types of diving equipment, services, and "scientific research Institute "Kvant" develops and maintains computers and systems for special and civil purposes".

"Later on, my university buddy invited me to work for the Digital Security company, which was the place where the best hackers from our city were working, and probably the first Russian company which was focused on what we call penetration tests now".

ERPScan and Embedi didn't respond to a request for comment.

The three Russian individuals who were sanctioned are Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov, and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy.

The sanctions are also in response to Russia's tracking and potential targeting of undersea communication cables, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data, officials said. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, is also designating several entities and individuals for being owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the three entities that have enabled the FSB.

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