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.

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"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.

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