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WP: US prepares sanctions against Russia due to cyberattacks and situation around Navalny

According to the newspaper, "officials also are developing defensive measures aimed at making it harder for Russia and other sophisticated adversaries to compromise federal and private sector networks"

WASHINGTON, February 23. /TASS/. The Biden administration is preparing sanctions and a number of other measures against Russia in connection with the alleged large-scale cyberattack on computer networks of US authorities and companies, as well as the situation around Alexey Navalny, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

According to the newspaper, "officials also are developing defensive measures aimed at making it harder for Russia and other sophisticated adversaries to compromise federal and private sector networks, said the officials, several of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity."

"But the aim of the various measures, officials said, is to convey a broader message that the Kremlin for years has used cyber tools to carry out an array of actions hostile to the interests of the United States and its allies: interfering in elections, targeting coronavirus vaccine research and creating a permissive atmosphere for criminal hackers who, among other things, have run ransomware botnets that have disrupted American public health facilities," the newspaper writes.