US sanctions Russian firms, citizens for NotPetya & other cyber-attacks

News by Doug Olenick

Just a few days after Trump requested Russia be included into the G7, the US Treasury Department issued sanctions against five Russian companies & three citizens for providing material & technical support to the Russian Federation.

Just a few days after President Trump requested that Russia be included into the G7, the US Treasury Department issued sanctions against five Russian companies and three citizens for providing material and technical support to the Russian Federation government for the NotPetya and other cyber-attacks.

The companies are Digital Security, ERPScan, Embedi, Kvant Scientific Research Institute and Divetechnoservices. The individuals singled out are Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy all of whom are connected to Divetechnoservices. All are being sanctioned under Executive Order 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.”

“As a result of today's action, all property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them,” the Treasury Department stated.

The Treasury Department specifically noted the sanctioned entities and people were involved in Russian-backed malicious and destabilising cyber-attacks including NotPetya, “cyber-intrusions against the US energy grid to potentially enable future offensive operations; and global compromises of network infrastructure devices, including routers and switches, also to potentially enable disruptive cyber-attacks.”

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