Trump has only reluctantly acknowledged Russian interference, saying it could have been other countries or individuals as well.
Reaction to cyberattacks: Officials have sent security alerts to energy companies who they say are being deliberately targeted in Russian "network reconnaissance" operations involving control systems that run United States factories and the country's electrical grid.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The department's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team says the operation targeted smaller American commercial facilities.
The Guardian (U.K.) published an op-ed in February asking, "If Trump has nothing to hide, why is he so soft on Russian Federation?" The FBI and National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center claim the hacks exploited user and administrative accounts to "compromise organization networks".
In announcing the measures, the administration also disclosed a Russian attempt to penetrate the U.S. energy grid, and said the new sanctions would punish actors for their participation in other major cyberattacks.
The Donald Trump administration will impose sanctions on the Internet Research Agency and other Russian actors over the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 United States election and other cyberattacks, the Treasury Department announced Thursday. The U.S. officials the energy industry targets were chosen deliberately. "Treasury intends to impose additional.sanctions, informed by our intelligence community, to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the United States financial system". The U.S. says Crimea is still legally part of Ukraine, while the Russian government says it has formally annexed the territory.
The U.S.is sending an alert to energy companies to raise threat awareness.
"The GRU was directly involved in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election through cyber-enabled activities", the treasury department said.
If you look at the list, among them is the Internet Research Agency.
The sanctions are the first use of the new powers that Congress passed past year to punish Moscow for interfering in the election that Trump won over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump himself has been skeptical of the allegations.
CBS News' Jeff Pegues notes that Russian Federation analysts both in intelligence circles and law enforcement, believe sanctions are among the most effective way to curb Putin's behavior. The IRA itself is also on the sanctions list, as is Russia's main intelligence agency and several individuals who work there.
The sanctions will prohibit U.S. companies and individuals from doing business with those named by the Treasury Department. The penalties also apply to Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, or GBU, and another government intelligence service USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies have concluded was involved in meddling in the 2016 election via cyber activities.
- The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for USA election meddling and cyber attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin, prompting lawmakers in both parties to say President Donald Trump needs to do much more.