US Sanctions Russians, Warns of Cyberthreat to Energy Grid
Mnuchin says US won't tolerate 'malign Russian cyber activity'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Appropriations subcommittee.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The penalties also include the first use of new powers that Congress passed last year to punish Moscow for election meddling. Those targets include officials working for the Russian military intelligence agency, GRU, per the AP. Separately on Thursday, the administration warned that Russia may try to sabotage the US energy grid with malware, reports the Washington Post.

"The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in US elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia." The Treasury Department says the GRU and Russia's military both interfered in the American election and were "directly responsible" for the NotPetya cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe in June 2017.

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