Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Russians slammed with new sanctions

Russians slammed with new sanctions

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.

The sanctions follow charges filed in February against 13 employees of a Russian troll factory which was accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election.

The sanctions block property under U.S. jurisdiction belonging to companies and people and also prevent them from making any transactions with "US persons".

The FSB, or Russia's Federal Security Service, is the successor to the KGB and is believed to carry out numerous government's cyberattacks.

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.

United States officials have become alarmed over the past year at the extent of US-targeted offensive cyber operations that Washington alleges have official backing from Moscow.

Monday's sanctions are the latest to hit Russian intelligence services.

The US has imposed another round of sanctions over Russian hacking.

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.

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

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.

The Russian state research center, the Kvant Institute, which specializes in research and technological development of electronic hardware and software for the state and its public institutions, has also been added to the sanctions list.

None of the sanctioned parties were immediately able to respond to Sky News for comment.

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

The three individuals named in the new sanctions, Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov, and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy, were all senior staff at Divetechnoservices.

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