Trump Administration Announces Sanctions for Russian Cyberattacks, Election Meddling

Kremlin says UK position in spy case 'irresponsible'

Trump Administration Announces Sanctions for Russian Cyberattacks, Election Meddling

All 13 of the individuals indicted by Mueller were sanctioned, including Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering. He said it showed no "new work" on the part of the Trump administration.

"It is an assault on the United Kingdom's sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law". The New York Times, which first reported the development, said the subpoena included documents related to Russian Federation.

The sea change continued on other fronts as well today.

Congressional committees also have been investigating Russian Federation and the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "This sort of thing needs to be responded to, and needs to be punished".

The action comes after the Trump administration has come under heavy criticism for its response to Russia's election meddling amid a special Department of Justice counsel investigation into Moscow's involvement in election interference and whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, a charge Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied.

The announcement comes as the US hits Moscow and close associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin with more sanctions for efforts to influence the 2016 election.

"The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyberactivity, including their attempted interference in USA elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a Thursday statement. They also tried to breach USA industries, including the energy grid, in attacks that continue to this day, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The sanctions also affect the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, and six of its employees for cyberattacks more broadly, including those targeting Russian journalists, opposition figures, foreign politicians and US officials.

It described the NotPetya incident past year as "the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history".

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It's unclear how much effect the new US measures will have in influencing Russian actions in the United States or Europe.

It also was in response to what officials said was a wide range of "malicious cyberactivity", including Russian efforts to hack into the USA energy grid and other parts of the US infrastructure, including dams.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint alert through the US-CERT website detailing the attacks on the US power grid.

Property of the People, "a nonprofit that advocates for greater government transparency", provided CNN's reporters "with more than 360 pages of travel records obtained after suing the department under the Freedom of Information Act".

The treasury's announcement on Thursday echoed Mr Mueller's indictment and said the Internet Research Agency had sought to "interfere with the 2016 U.S. election".

The US has also accused Russian Federation of meddling with its infrastructure including its energy sector. I mean, is this the last that we can see for USA response to Russian Federation on this?

Also blacklisted is the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which is accused of engineering an online disinformation campaign to sway the 2016 United States presidential election.

Mr. Trump was pressed again by reporters Thursday to blame Mr. Putin for the poisoning attack in the United Kingdom. "There will be more to come". "I would say yes", Trump said.

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