Report: US hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks
MOSCOW, Jun 13 (PRIME) -- The Donald Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting RussiaТs military and intelligence services with other malicious activities, news channel CNBC reported.
The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives under legislation passed in 2017 and an executive order aimed at punishing efforts to hack into U.S. computer systems. The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them.
УThe United States is engaged in an ongoing effort to counter malicious actors working at the behest of the Russian Federation and its military and intelligence units to increase RussiaТs offensive cyber capabilities,Ф Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Treasury said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks, including the 2017 NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the U.S. energy grid and global network infrastructure. It also said that Russia had been tracking undersea cables that carry the bulk of the worldТs telecommunications data.
The companies are Digital Security and its subsidiaries ERPScan and Embedi; the Kvant Scientific Research Institute; and Divetechnoservice. The three sanctioned men are Alexander Tribun; Oleg Chirikov; and Vladimir Kagansky; all of whom work for Divetechnoservice.
Treasury said Digital Security had provided material and technological support to RussiaТs Federal Security Service. It said Divetechnoservice had procured a variety of underwater equipment and diving systems, including a submarine, for Russian government agencies.