Today, OFAC designated 5 entities and 19 individuals to counter “Russia’s continuing destabilizing activities, ranging from interference in the 2016 U.S. election to conducting destructive cyber-attacks, including the NotPetya attack” (a cyber-attack that was attributed to the Russian military on 15 February 2018). Links to the OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.
3 entities and 13 individuals were designated pursuant to Executive Order 13694, as amended, which targets cyber actors, including those involved in interfering with election processes or institutions (asset freezes imposed).
The remaining 2 entities and 6 individuals were designated pursuant to section 224 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets cyber actors operating on behalf of the Russian government (asset freezes imposed).
In addition, OFAC has amended Cyber General License No. 1, and reissued it as Cyber General License No. 1A (the changes are limited to adding CAATSA authorities). Furthermore, 4 FAQs relating to the new licence, and 1 CAATSA-related FAQ in respect of the present action, have been updated.