Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

USA hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks

USA hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks

The Russian state research center, the Kvant Institute, which specializes in research and technological development of electronic hardware and software for the state and its public institutions, has also been added to the sanctions list. The Treasury Department targeted FSB with sanctions in March for its involvement in several Kremlin-led cyber attacks.

The Trump administration announced on Monday additional sanctions on Russian companies and individuals over cyberattacks and assistance to Russian intelligence.

The sanctions mean that all of the property and interests in property held by the individuals and the businesses will be blocked, and people in the U.S. will be prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

A USA official did not immediately respond to a request for further details.

The three sanctioned men are Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun; Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov; and Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy; all of whom work for Divetechnoservices.

The five Russian entities facing new sanctions in the United States are controlled by or provided support to Federal Security Service (FSB) to improve Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

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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.

Divetechnoservices' offerings include the design, manufacture and supply of professional diving equipment, wrecking and underwater work, according to its website. ERPScan is well known for their enterprise services and solutions for protecting ERP systems and enterprise applications. No mention of their affiliation with Digital Security could be readily found on either of their web sites.

According to an interview with the Infosec Institue, Polyakov mentions that he had previously worked at a company named Digital Security where only the best hackers from their city were employed.

Today's sanctions by the US Treasury Department come in response to Russian cyberattacks on the US and its allies, including the NotPetya cyberattack. "It was like a dream to do what you love, like breaking the security of big corporations, and earn money".

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