Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Administration Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Russian Federation for NotPetya & Router Attacks

Trump Administration Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Russian Federation for NotPetya & Router Attacks

"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", he added.

These sanctions freeze assets of the targeted businesses and individuals that they may have in the country and also prohibit Americans from engaging in transactions with these designated organizations and individuals.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures were to counter "malicious actors" working to "increase Russia's offensive cyber-capabilities".

Today's sanctions by the US Treasury Department come in response to Russian cyberattacks on the US and its allies, including the NotPetya cyberattack. The Treasury Department targeted FSB with sanctions in March for its involvement in several Kremlin-led cyber attacks.

The US has blamed Russia for meddling in the US electoral process in 2016 and has been imposing sanctions on Russian entities and people ever since.

The US has slapped sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals for allegedly aiding Russia's main intelligence agency. Two other entities have provided the FSB with various technological support.

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GettyThe sanctions were also a response to Not Petya attack which spread across Europe Asia and US

The companies affected are: Digital Security with offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and its subsidiaries ERPScan and Embedi, which have offices in Russia, Europe and Israel; St. Petersburg- and Moscow-based Kvant Scientific Research Institute; and Divetechnoservices of St. Petersburg.

The three Russian individuals who were sanctioned are Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov, and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy. All three individuals added to the SDN list have been targeted by the U.S. sanctions due to their links to the Divetechnoservice Company, the Russian diving-equipment producer, according to the Treasury.

These activities include the NotPetya cyberattack, the June 2017 global malware outbreak for which the Trump administration and the United Kingdom have blamed Russian Federation.

The US continues to be at odds with Russian Federation over cyberattacks, including the VPNFilter malware that infected more than half a million routers this year.

The new sanctions come three days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: "Excitement in the air" ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE enraged US allies and lawmakers by calling on the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations to reinstate Russian Federation. These sanctions also target Russia's tracking of underwater communications in order to eavesdrop on world wide communications.

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