US TREASURY ADDS 19 PEOPLE AND 4 ENTITIES TO SANCTIONS LISTS FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE, HACKING, AND OTHER MALIGN ACTIVITIES

On 19th December, the US Treasury added 19 individuals and 4 entities to its sanctions lists.  Those listed included a former officer of the GRU for having acted on behalf of sanctioned oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, and new designations related to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), an entity previously sanctioned for its efforts to interfere in US elections, and so-called Project Lakhta.  Also listed are 15 members of the GRU for their involvement in a wide range of malign activity, including attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, efforts to undermine international organisations through cyber-enabled means, and the Skrypal assassination attempt in the UK.  The news release also says that, between 2016 and 2018, Russia targeted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and other international non-political organisations using cyber hacking techniques.

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20181219_33.aspx

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm577

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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