U.S. authorities consider new sanctions on Russia for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets. The final decision on sanctions is not made yet, as they can further complicate relationship with Russia and to cast a pall over the oncoming state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to agency Reuters.
The sanctions Washington is currently considering would not target suspected hackers of government data, but rather foreign citizens and firms believed responsible for cyber attacks on commercial enterprises.
The officials declined to name any potential targets, concerned that advance warning would allow them to hide assets.
One U.S. official said that sanctions imposed on individuals or companies would effectively cut them off from using the U.S. financial system, which could be a death-sentence for a serious business venture.
The official also said that entities or individuals from countries other than Russia or China could face sanctions.
U.S.-Russian relations have been deeply strained in recent years, notably by Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine as well as its continued support for pro-Russian rebels fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, during her campaign tour in Iowa Hillary Clinton accused Russia and China in financing of hacker attacks on U.S.