White House sanctions Russian Federation for interfering in Trump's 2016 election win

The Treasury also says that the GRU was "directly responsible" for the June 2017 NotPetya cyberattack on European businesses.

Mr Rothman cautioned, however, that "all of this is for naught, unless President Donald Trump himself personally and unequivocally names the threat posed by the increasingly reckless Russian President Vladimir Putin" rather than sending a mixed signal by criticising the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the probe.

The Treasury Department, in its statement announcing the sanctions, said the Trump administration has sanctioned more than 100 individuals and entities under its "Ukraine and Russia-related sanctions authorities". "We have begun to prepare response measures", deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency.

The delay was seen as sign of Trump's unwillingness to punish Russian Federation for its meddling, which he has downplayed in the past. USA officials have historically been reluctant to call out such activity in part because the United States also spies on infrastructure in other parts of the world.

The Homeland Security Department says a Russian government hacking operation has affected the US nuclear, aviation, water, construction and manufacturing sectors.

"Who is the "we, ' by the way, who is the 'we" because it's not including the President of the United States", Mitchell said. The FSB also carried a 2014 cyber attack that compromised millions of Yahoo accounts, it said.

The US says Russian Federation also hacked its infrastructure.

Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple USA critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a US security alert published Thursday.

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctions targeted the GRU, the Russian military intelligence organization, and 13 Russians already indicted by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Moscow's meddling in the election, and the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg company that sought to sow discord in the U.S. election with fake stories and commentary about controversial American issues.

It was not clear what impact the attacks had on the United States energy and industrial firms that were targeted.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said there would be additional sanctions against Russian government officials and oligarchs "for their destabilizing activities".

The U.S. government has helped energy businesses kick out the Russians from all systems now known to have been penetrated, according to the officials.

The U.S.is sending an alert to energy companies to raise threat awareness.

The Trump administration slammed Russian Federation with new sanctions Thursday as a direct response to the Kremlin's involvement in interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election; escalating the war of words between the USA and Russian Federation as relations between the two nations continue to deteriorate.

If you look at the list, among them is the Internet Research Agency.

While the new administration has time and again denied any allegations of collusion, President Trump did sign on a new Russian sanctions bill that was passed by the Congress a year ago. Trump himself has been skeptical of the allegations.

"It is inexplicable that the president of the United States continues to sit on sanctions that Congress passed, that Congress wants enforced against Russian Federation over this interference", Schiff told CNN in February. The sanctions will prevent the named entities from entering the U.S., and will freeze any assets they have on American soil.

Meanwhile, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee moved earlier this week to close their investigation, saying they found no "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as denying that Russian efforts to interfere in the election were done to bolster Trump, a central tenet of the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion about the meddling.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a statement announcing the sanctions, said "the Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in US elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure".

The US Treasury has issued new sanctions against Russian Federation in response to what it called "ongoing nefarious attacks".

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