U.S. sanctions new Russian entities over cyberattacks

U.S. sanctions new Russian entities over cyberattacks

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

The Treasury Department said Russian Federation "has been active in tracking undersea communication cables, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data", further blaming Russian Federation for the NotPetya cyberattack that infected computers across the world in 2017, and attacks on the us energy grid.

U.S. treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the sanctions, saying they were to counter "malicious actors" working to "increase Russia's offensive cyber-capabilities". He said the sanctions targeted entities that have "directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities" that jeopardize "the safety and security of the United States and our allies".

A computer technician connects a computer into a network server in an office building in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2017.

Treasury said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks, including last year's NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the US energy grid and global network infrastructure.

The three people named - Aleksandr Tribun, Oleg Chirikov and Vladimir Kaganskiy - reportedly have ties to Divetechnoservices, a company that allegedly specialises in hacking into undersea communications cables.

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Polyakov has confirmed that he worked for Digital Security and that one of the owners of ERPScan is an owner of Digital Security, but continues to stress that the two companies are not affiliated with each other.

US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military officials have warned in the past of an increase in Russian submarines conducting activity along undersea data cables.

The United States imposed new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals in connection with the "cyber threat from organizations working at the direction of Moscow".

The official statement said that these designated entities have provided material and technological support to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Embedi is known for exploit research and security solutions for protecting hardware devices. Digital Security has some major clients, including Yandex, QIWI, Mail.ru Group, Tele2, and SAP.

None of the individuals sanctions were publicly identified by the U.S. as Russian oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin. "ERPScan is a private company registered in 2014 in the Netherlands and are not a subsidiary of any company listed in this document". The sanctions were imposed under an Obama-era executive order creating a tool to impose sanctions for malicious cyber activity, and under a law Congress passed last August, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, to levy new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. "We are a software company focused on helping to protect ERP systems".

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