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Joe Biden announces tough new sanctions on Russia

Telegraph, 16 Apr 2021
Joe Biden imposed tough new economic sanctions on Moscow, and expelled 10 Russian diplomats, over the same SolarWinds hack that caused chaos to US government computer systems last year.

Washington formally identified the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) as responsible for the SolarWinds hack. Britain also named the SVR as the culprit on Thursday night.

In the cyber-hack, Russia used US technology company SolarWinds to get into US government networks and targets in other countries.

Affected US government departments included the Treasury, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security, with officials still assessing what secrets may have been stolen. Hundreds of private US companies were also targeted.

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