Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

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

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

Today's sanctions are in addition to those slapped on Russian individuals and companies by the Trump administration earlier this year in March.

The sanctions freeze any assets that they may have in US jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them.

Treasury said Digital Security had provided material and technological support to Russia's Federal Security Services, or FSB.

The Trump administration announced on Monday additional sanctions on Russian companies and individuals over cyberattacks and assistance to Russian intelligence.

The United States government has imposed more sanctions on Russian companies and individuals for engaging in cyberattacks and helping Russia with malicious activities.

No mention of Russian attacks on USA elections was mentioned in the press release.

"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".

President Barack Obama also sanctioned the FSB in 2016 over alleged hacking of Democratic political organisations during the presidential race that year.

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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 entities sanctioned by the US are Digital Security, and their subsidiaries ERPScan and Embedi, and Kvant Scientific Research Institute (Kvant) and Divetechnoservices.

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 sanctions also cover Kvant Scientific Research Institute, which the FSB controls, and Divetechnoservices, which has supplied FSB with "a variety of underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies" including a $1.5-million submersible craft, according to the Trump administration. Hacks in the runup to the United States presidential election in 2016 are also linked to Russian Federation.

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

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

The three sanctioned men are Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun; Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov; and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy; all of whom work for Divetechnoservices.

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