“The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is sanctioning five entities and 19 individuals in Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election — as well as for destructive cyberattacks, including the NotPetya malware attack. The entities sanctioned include some of Russia’s top intelligence services — the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) — as well as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which was indicted by the Mueller probe earlier this year.”
- The FSB is being sanctioned for using cyber tools to target U.S. government officials, “including cyber security, diplomatic, military, and White House personnel,” as well as Russian citizens, journalists, and politicians critical of the government.
The GRU is being sanctioned because it “was directly involved in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election through cyber-enabled activities””and is “directly responsible for the NotPetya cyber-attack in 2017.” Individuals sanctioned along with the GRU include Sergei Afanasyev (senior GRU official), Vladimir Alexseyev (First Deputy Chief), Sergey Gizunov (Deputy Chief of the GRU), Igor Korobov (Chief of the GRU), Igor Kostyukov (First Deputy Chief of the GRU), and Grigoriy Molchanov (a senior GRU official).
The IRA and 13 individuals — who were also indicted in the Mueller probe — are being sanctioned for the use of fake online personas and posting thousands of ads that reached millions of people online, which includes the IRA’s organization of rallies in the U.S. before the 2016 election. It is also being sanctioned for its misappropriation of personally identifying information of U.S. individuals to fund its activities.
The Russian Usurper is NOT going to be happy about this. Human Typo Steve Mnunchin should expect a phone call or worse: a Tweet.