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U.S. Sanctions Russian Companies for 'Malicious' Cyberattacks

U.S. Sanctions Russian Companies for 'Malicious' Cyberattacks

Monday's action also targets the Russian government's underwater capabilities.

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Polyakov states that regardless of this news, they will continue changing "the world by making it better and more secure".

All three individuals added to the SDN list have been targeted by the United States sanctions due to their links to the Divetechnoservice Company, the Russian diving-equipment producer, according to the Treasury.

Today's sanctions by the US Treasury Department come in response to Russian cyberattacks on the US and its allies, including the NotPetya cyberattack. "As of 2015, Digital Security worked on a project that would increase Russia's offensive cyber capabilities for the Russian Intelligence Services", including the FSB, according to the US government.

The official statement said that these designated entities have provided material and technological support to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). While at the time the President had called this legislation "seriously flawed", it has been used by the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

The sanctions apply to five companies and three Russians.

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. The US used new legislative authority to impose the sanctions to "counter the constantly evolving threats emanating from Russian Federation".

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which administers sanctions, targeted a Russian cyber firm, two of its subsidiaries, a cyber research center and an underwater technology company for their work for the FSB. "Russia has been active in tracking undersea communication cables, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data". It also includes a diving-equipment production company.

Smart devices security specialist Embedi, based in Berkeley, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) cyber security firm ERPScan, based in Palo Alto - both in California - were added to the official sanctions list on Monday due to being owned by Russian company Digital Security. No mention of their affiliation with Digital Security could be readily found on either of their web sites.

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

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