World US issues sanctions for Russian 'hacking'

12:56  12 june  2018
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Socceroos warned about danger of Russian hackers before World Cup

  Socceroos warned about danger of Russian hackers before World Cup From the moment they formed camp, the Socceroos' players were briefed about their biggest threat at the World Cup in Russia. It has the potential to derail the team's plans without Australia realising until they've already lost. That briefing wasn't an analysis on France's forward line. It did not involve Denmark's machine-like midfield and the pace and fluidity of Peru wasn't mentioned. Instead, the first presentation was on the threat of hacking in Russia.Cyber security is singlehandedly the biggest security concern for the Socceroos at the World Cup held in a country described as "a haven for hackers".

The US has slapped sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals for allegedly aiding Russia 's main intelligence agency.

President Barack Obama has issued new sanctions against Russian people and companies that the US government has accused of hacking American institutions ahead of the election.

Vladimir Putin: The sanctions follow Russian cyber-attacks against the US© EPA The sanctions follow Russian cyber-attacks against the US The US has slapped sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals for allegedly aiding Russia's main intelligence agency.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures were to counter "malicious actors" working to "increase Russia's offensive cyber-capabilities".

The sanctioned entities and individuals are prohibited from any transactions involving the US financial system.

The move is in response to alleged Russian cyber-attacks on the US.

In addition to being barred from the US financial system, the measures mean American citizens and companies cannot do business with the Russian entities.

Secret Obama-era license let Iran tap dollars

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"The entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB [Federal Security Service] and therefore jeopardise the safety and security of the United States and our allies," Mr Mnuchin said in a statement on Monday.

The three people named - Aleksandr Tribun, Oleg Chirikov and Vladimir Kaganskiy - reportedly have ties to Divetechnoservices, a company that allegedly specialises in hacking into undersea communications cables.

Putin demands more from Russia ahead of World Cup

  Putin demands more from Russia ahead of World Cup President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia's reeling national team to pull themselves together as they head into their first home World Cup. Russia has picked a terrible time to go on their worst run in the post-Soviet era.A 1-1 draw in Moscow with Turkey on Tuesday made Stanislav Cherchesov the first Russian manager to go winless in seven consecutive games.The team was whistled off the pitch and fan expectations heading into next Thursday's opening match are low.Putin said in an interview posted on the Kremlin website on Wednesday that he expected the national squad to play with courage and flair.

Asked about lifting sanctions , Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters At the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the US and North Korea in U . S ., British Officials Warn World Cup Fans Could Be Hacked In Russia .

Star. PlayREUTERS. WATCH Obama Issues Sanctions for Alleged Russian Hacking . John Kelly plans to stay on as White House chief of staff through 2020. DHS secretary defends US intelligence and warns Russia .

The Treasury statement cited the NotPetya cyber-attack as well as intrusions into the US energy grid as examples of Russia's "malign and destabilising cyber activities".

In February, the White House said the NotPetya attack in June 2017 caused billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Congress passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act last year, which has allowed these sanctions to be passed.

The new sanctions also target Russian underwater capabilities.

According to the Treasury Department, "Russia has been active in tracking undersea communication cables" which carry global telecommunications data.

The Treasury slapped sanctions on the FSB in March for alleged cyber-attacks on behalf of the Kremlin.

President Barack Obama also sanctioned the FSB in 2016 over alleged hacking of Democratic political organisations during the presidential race that year.

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad .
Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players. Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning.The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King's social media accounts but was still circulating among Russian social network users. It promised a reward of free burgers to women who get "the best football genes" and "ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.

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