The Treasury statement cited the NotPetya cyber-attack as well as intrusions into the USA energy grid as examples of Russia's "malign and destabilising cyber activities".
According to the Treasury Department, the sanctioned firms and individuals are involved in supporting and bolstering the Russian government's offensive hacking activities against the United States and other countries.
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.
No mention of Russian attacks on US elections was mentioned in the press release.
Moscow had no immediate comment on the new sanctions.
Another company listed as having an Israeli address, ERPScan, was also added to the Treasury blacklist, which freezes all U.S. property belonging to the companies and prohibits USA citizens from doing business with them. The individuals named on Monday all had ties to Divetechnoservices: Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy. They all work for Divetechnoservices.
"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", the Treasury Secretary said today. ERPScan is well known for their enterprise services and solutions for protecting ERP systems and enterprise applications.
"I woke up and was embraced by such news".
The sanctions apply to five companies and three Russians. While the latter two are not based in Russia, the department said they are owned by Russia-based Digital Security, which worked on a project to help Russian hackers.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also listed Israel-headquartered company Embedi for links to Digital Security - whose websites describes it as a information security consultancy - although the statement did not provide details on the alleged relationship.
Updated 6/11/18 15:35 EST: Updated article with statement from ERPScan CTO & Founder Alexander Polyakov.
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