US imposes Russia sanctions over cyberattacks

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2018

'The 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 Russia's offensive cyber capabilities, ' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Due to these sanctions, all USA businesses are prohibited from working with these companies and all properties and holdings of these companies and individuals have been blocked by the US government.

The Treasury Department designated five entities and three individuals for technological support and other help to Russia's Federal Security Service.

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

The sanctions are also in response to Russia's tracking and potential targeting of undersea communication cables, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data, officials said.

The designated firms are Digital Security, ERPScan, Embedi, Kvant Scientific Research Institute, and Divetechnoservices.

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The three individuals named in the new sanctions, Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov, and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy, were all senior staff at Divetechnoservices. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. Last December, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO's submarine forces, told The Washington Post that "Russia is clearly taking an interest in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and NATO nations' undersea infrastructure", saying the recent level of Russian underwater activity near undersea cables has been unprecedented.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the United States elections, calling them absurd. Unfortunately, it is owned by a Russian company that has worked with the FSB to actively exploit similar holes, according to the Treasury department. "We have never worked with any government - the Russian or USA, or any government", he said.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, ERPScan works on SAP security ("systems applications and products" - enterprise resource planning software from Germany).

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.

Ninety-five percent of the company's contracts with the Russian government are military deals.

Several Russian companies have also been caught up in an investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, looking into interactions between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

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