U.S. Sanctions Russia, Saying Hackers Targeted Infrastructure

HeadlineMar 16, 2018

Meanwhile, the Trump administration placed new sanctions against Russia Thursday, accusing Moscow of launching cyberattacks that compromised security at facilities critical to U.S. infrastructure—including water supplies, aviation, the electric grid and nuclear power plants. The administration says Russian hackers gained access that could have allowed them to sabotage or shut down facilities at will. The new sanctions come amid rising tensions between Russia and the U.S. and its allies. This week, Britain accused Russia of launching the first chemical weapons attack on European soil since World War II, over the alleged poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury last week. Russia said today it’s prepared to retaliate against Western sanctions, saying it will expand a blacklist of Americans and will expel British diplomats from embassies and consulates across Russia.

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