Treasury slaps sanctions on firms aiding Russian Federation security service

Treasury slaps sanctions on firms aiding Russian Federation security service

Treasury slaps sanctions on firms aiding Russian Federation security service

Today's sanctions by the US Treasury Department come in response to Russian cyberattacks on the US and its allies, including the NotPetya cyberattack.

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 US has imposed another round of sanctions over Russian hacking.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures were to counter "malicious actors" working to "increase Russia's offensive cyber-capabilities".

Days after President Donald Trump called on Russia to be readmitted into the G7, the Trump administration on Monday imposed new sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for "engaging in significant malicious cyber-enabled activities" against the U.S. and its allies.

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", the Treasury Department said. Hacks in the runup to the U.S. presidential election in 2016 are also linked to Russian Federation.

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The designation blocks all property of those targeted that is subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits American citizens from engaging in transactions with them.

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.

The Kvant Scientific Research Institute has been sanctioned, with the Treasury stating that its projects were being supervised by the FSB.

Of particular interest are Embedi and ERPScan, who are both well known within the infosec community.

Also sanctioned was a business called Divetechnoservices, which "procured a variety of underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies" as part of the fibre-optic cable interference programme.

And in April, U.S. and British officials accused the Russian government of hacking into routers and other network devices across the globe to conduct espionage and intellectual property theft.The Treasury Department also said that the sanctioned entities are involved in supporting Moscow's efforts to track undersea communication cables, which hold most of the world's 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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