Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Over Russian Cyberattacks

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The United States slapped sanctions Monday on at least one Israeli company over links to a Russian firm accused of buttressing the "offensive cyber capabilities" of Russia's intelligence service, the FSB.

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin holds a news conference after the G7 Finance Ministers Summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, June 2, 2018.

The sanctions freeze any assets that they may have in USA jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them.

A United States official did not immediately respond to a request for further details. "These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russian Federation".

The attacks also included assaults on the US energy grid and on internet routers and switches, the Treasury said. It also said that Russian Federation had been tracking undersea cables that carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data.

National flags of Russia and the US fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017.

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

Divetechnoservices' offerings include the design, manufacture and supply of professional diving equipment, wrecking and underwater work, according to its website.

Three top Divetechnoservices executives-Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy-were also targeted by OFAC on Monday.

"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".

The FSB was also one of several entities sanctioned by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump expresses condolences over Anthony Bourdain's death almost 1,800 families split at US-Mexico border from late 2016 to February 2018: report Bernanke says "Wile E. Coyote" economy will have a fallout in 2020 MORE in December 2016 in relation to Russian hacking of Democratic political organizations and operatives during the presidential campaign that year.

The sanctions follow charges filed in February against 13 employees of a Russian troll factory which was accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 United States presidential election.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the U.S. elections, calling them absurd.

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