US adds three more Russian citizens into sanctions list

US adds three more Russian citizens into sanctions list

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 entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB and therefore jeopardize the safety and security of the United States and our allies", Mnuchin said.

The designation blocks all property of those targeted that is subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits American citizens from engaging in transactions with them. The latter provides underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian agencies.

The companies affected are: Digital Security and its subsidiaries ERPScan and Embedi; the Kvant Scientific Research Institute; and Divetechnoservices. The three individuals are the company's general director, Aleksandr Lvovich Tribun, its program manager, Oleg Sergeyevich Chirikov and its general director, Vladimir Yakovlevich Kaganskiy. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy.

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

The department said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks, including last year's NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the US energy grid and global network infrastructure.

In addition, Divetechnoservices and three officials of the firm were sanctioned for supplying and supporting the government's underwater capabilities in monitoring and hacking subsea communications cables around the world. Hacks in the runup to the United States presidential election in 2016 are also linked to Russian Federation. "We have never worked with any government - the Russian or U.S., or any government", he said. The sanctions were imposed under an Obama-era executive order creating a tool to impose sanctions for malicious cyber activity, and under a law Congress passed last August, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, to levy new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The designations include Digital Security, and two firms that it owns or controls.

The firms designated in Monday's announcement have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber capabilities through their work with the FSB, which has compromised the security of the USA and its allies, Mnuchin said.

There was no immediate response to an e-mail sent by RFE/RL to the company's headquarters, and an affiliate office in Palo Alto, California.