US Slaps Sanctions on Five Russian Entities, Three Individuals for Cyberattacks

The Trump administration today announced sanctions against five Russian companies and three individuals for enabling and assisting Russia’s intelligence and military units carry out cyberattacks against US interests. Three of the companies that have been slapped with the sanctions are cybersecurity firms, one is a manufacturer and supplier of underwater equipment, and another is a scientific research institute.

In comments to Dark Reading, executives from two of the cybersecurity firms professed shock at the development and disputed the US government’s characterization of their work. One of them said the company was not even a Russian entity as described by the US.

Read more about the action that was taken under a 2017 Executive Order and the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act aimed at punishing entities engaged in offensive cyber activities against the US, on DarkReading.