RETALIATING AGAINST RUSSIA
President Obama announced a series of sanctions and other moves in an escalating clash with President Vladimir Putin over suspected Russian hacking efforts in the 2016 U.S. election. The measures include:
Imposing sanctions against five Russian government and private entities and five top intelligence officials, including Valentinovich Korobov, the head of the GRU, Russia’s intelligence directorate.
Designating two Russian hackers for misappropriation of funds and personal information.
Declaring 35 Russian diplomats and officials working in the embassy in Washington and the consulate in San Francisco as “persona non grata,” to protest “harassment” of American diplomatic personnel working in Russia.
Barring access for Russians to two Russian government-owned compounds in Maryland and New York.
Releasing a “joint analysis report” from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security detailing Russian government hacking operations targeting private companies and public networks, along with ways for cybersecurity firms in the U.S. and allied countries to defend themselves from Russian “malware” attacks.