The US Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions on a Russian government research institution linked to a malware system “designed specifically to target and manipulate industrial safety systems.”
According to Treasury, the State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics supported an August 2017 cyberattack involving the Triton malware on a petrochemical facility in the Middle East.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US “remains steadfast in countering malign cyber activities by Russian actors on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
“While the Russian government claims to be a responsible actor in cyberspace, it continues to engage in dangerous and malicious activities that threaten the security of the United States and our allies,” – said Pompeo.
“We will not relent in our efforts to respond to these activities using all the tools at our disposal, including sanctions,” – he said.