US Imposes More Sanctions on Russian Entities, Citing Cyberattacks - Treasury

  • US Imposes More Sanctions on Russian Entities, Citing Cyberattacks - Treasury

US Imposes More Sanctions on Russian Entities, Citing Cyberattacks - Treasury

The move, announced on June 11 by the U.S. Treasury Department, is the latest effort by Washington to use financial restrictions to target Russians for hacking, human rights violations, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine's east, and other actions.

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against five companies and three people on Monday, saying they'd help develop many of hacks coming out of Russian Federation.

The United States has sanctioned three Russian individuals and five entities under an executive order against malicious cyber activities and the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on its website on Monday.

The US Treasury department has formally accused Digital Security of "providing material and technological support to the FSB" - the Russian intelligence service.

According to the US Treasury, the individuals had been involved in the destructive NotPetya cyber attack which devastated computers in Ukraine and across Europe past year. The individuals named on Monday all had ties to Divetechnoservices: Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy.

The four other companies added to the blacklist also allegedly have links to Russian Federation, though the remaining individuals on the list are of Sudanese or Libyan nationality.

The designated firms are Digital Security, ERPScan, Embedi, Kvant Scientific Research Institute, and Divetechnoservices. The U.S. agency did provide details of what the companies did to bolster the FSB's offensive cyber capabilities, but identified them as a threat to U.S. security nonetheless. "The United States is committed to aggressively targeting any entity or individual working at the direction of the FSB whose work threatens the United States and will continue to utilize our sanctions authorities, including those provided under CAATSA, to counter the constantly evolving threats emanating from Russian Federation". "Russia has been active in tracking undersea communication cables, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data".

"Later on, my university buddy invited me to work for the Digital Security company, which was the place where the best hackers from our city were working, and probably the first Russian company which was focused on what we call penetration tests now".

None of the sanctioned parties were immediately able to respond to Sky News for comment.

Embedi has found a lot of vulnerabilities in products from Microsoft, Intel and Cisco among others - but has disclosed them in the same way any other security research company does.

"I woke up and was embraced by such news. ERPScan is a private company registered in 2014 in the Netherlands and are not a subsidiary of any company listed in this document". "We will continue helping protect critical SAP and Oracle software from cyberattacks as we did, and it doesn't matter what has happened".