Culture

Biden sanctions Russian Federation over SolarWinds cyber attacks

Biden sanctions Russian Federation over SolarWinds cyber attacks”

It's not certain how the country will react to these latest U.S. measures apart from denials, but it's safe to say President Putin is unlikely to simply drop any hacking or interference campaigns when past sanctions haven't changed his stance.

The U.S. also sanctioned "16 entities and 16 individuals who attempted to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the direction of the leadership of the Russian Government", according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

The Biden administration on Thursday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russian intelligence operatives for their alleged interference in the 2020 USA election, and on Russian companies for allegedly supporting Moscow's extensive cyber-espionage operations. In that intrusion Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what United States officials believe was an intelligence gathering operation aimed at Mining Government secrets.

The action is also in response to election interference, a senior administration official said on Wednesday night.

Britain on Thursday said it had summoned the Russian ambassador in the United Kingdom to express its deep concern at what it called Moscow's "pattern of malign activity".

The series of USA statements on Russian cyber-operations had other revelations: The Treasury Department formally linked Russia's FSB intelligence agency with a ransomware gang known as EvilCorp.

The Treasury Department sanctioned 32 organizations and individuals for their alleged influence operations aimed at the USA election. Presidents Biden and Putin spoke on the phone earlier this week, and in its readout of that conversation, the White House emphasized its support for Ukrainian territorial sovereignty - a theme absent in the Kremlin's official account.

More news: 2 men arrested in 1996 cold case of college student Kristin Smart

"When he spoke to him this week", Sullivan told reporters, "he said, 'I told you that I was going to look into this, I made a determination that Russian Federation has, in fact, conducted these actions, and I'm a man of my word, I am ready to respond, but I'm not looking to escalate".

President Joe Biden's broadside against Russian Federation came the same week as he offered to meet President Vladimir Putin for their first summit - a meeting U.S. officials say remains "vital" so that the two countries can deescalate.

In that context, Sullivan noted, Biden had proposed he and Putin meet in person in the coming months.

UPDATED, 1:30 p.m. EDT: This story was updated with responses from Moscow, the United Kingdom and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., to the White House announcements. "The U.K. and USA are calling out Russia's malicious behaviour, to enable our worldwide partners and businesses at home to better defend and prepare themselves against this kind of action".

The Kremlin said on Thursday that sanctions would not "help" momentum for a summit and once the White House unveiled its measures, the Russian foreign ministry warned a Russian response was "inevitable".

The White House is announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and announcing a new round of sanctions against Russia.

Also Thursday, U.S. government agencies issued an alert aimed at the private sector, saying that the SVR was exploiting five vulnerabilities to target U.S. companies.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


15 April 2021
Defense expert: Floyd died from heart trouble, not restraint
He said Chauvin's kneeling on Floyd was not a significant factor in his death and that Chauvin's knee wasn't near Floyd's airway. A lack of oxygen would impact the brain first, causing someone to become disoriented and speak incoherently, Fowler said.

15 April 2021
Arrest Made of Longtime Prime Suspect In Kristin Smart's Unsolved 1996 Murder
In February 2020, his parents' and sister's homes were searched on the same day detectives searched Paul's home in San Pedro. Investigators that month searched a home owned by Flores' father with cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar.

14 April 2021
Australia shelves plans to buy J&J's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine
Quebec says the female patient, whose age was not revealed, received the appropriate care and is recovering at home. Symptoms also include unusual skin bruising and pinpoint round spots beyond the site of injection.

13 April 2021
Ontario reports almost 3,700 new COVID-19 cases
The list of participating pharmacies will be updated once those 700 additional locations start to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. There were 95,692 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on April 12, which is up from 74,7224 doses on April 11.

13 April 2021
Ukraine: NATO slams Russia's troop buildup on border
The latest attack brought the total number of Ukranian soldiers killed by Russian-backed forces in Donbas to 27 this year alone. She said Russian Federation has accumulated 41,000 troops at its border with eastern Ukraine and 42,000 more in Crimea.

13 April 2021
United Kingdom opens probe into former PM Cameron’s lobbying
Mr Cameron began working as an adviser to Greensill Capital in August 2018, two years after he stepped down as prime minister. This did not ultimately happen, but Greensill - before its collapse - was given access to government-backed Covid loans.

13 April 2021
One dead and officer injured in Knoxville high school shooting
The school was the subject of media reports in February after three students were shot to death over a three-week span. Police said the officer was struck at least one time and their injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

11 April 2021
U.S. army officer sues police over violent traffic stop
Nazario, suffering from the effects of the spray with closed eyes and hands raised, said: "That's f***** up". Nazario, when exited his SUV, allegedly gets a knee-strike, which forces him to the ground.

10 April 2021
Sam Adams will buy you a beer if you get vaccinated
The White House rejected requests by states to send more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Free beer is always good, but its even better when it makes yahoos anfry.

10 April 2021
US Congress To Probe Trump Ally Over Sex-Trafficking Allegations
Scheller may have been referring to media reports that Greenberg may cooperate with federal investigators in their probe of Gaetz. Separately Friday, a spokesperson for Gaetz said attorneys Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner will lead his legal team.