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US blacklists Russian firms tied to FSB hacking ops

AFP  |  Washington 

The placed five Russian companies and three individuals on its sanctions blacklist today for allegedly supporting the intelligence agency's hacking operations, including a firm involved in subsea operations.

The named Digital Security and two subsidiaries as helping develop offensive cyber capabilities for services, including the already-sanctioned

The was also included on the blacklist, as a state enterprise supervised by the

In addition, Divetechnoservices and three officials of the firm were sanctioned for supplying and supporting the government's underwater capabilities in monitoring and hacking around the world.

US officials have become alarmed over the past year at the extent of US-targeted offensive cyber operations that alleges have official backing from

Those include the global NotPetya cyber attack, which paralyzed thousands of computers around the world last year; intrusions into the of the US energy grid; and the insertion of trojans into home and around the world, which allow both the diversion of data and attacks that could shut down networks.

The sanctions freeze property and assets under US jurisdiction and seek to lock those named out of global

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:35 IST