US sanctions against Russia for hacking, interference in November polls

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In October, the US spy agencies held Russia responsible for hacking Democratic National Committee computer system networks, and President Vladimir Putin for personal involvement.

US President-elect Donald Trump, assuring to meet the US intelligence chiefs whom he had flayed, said the nation should move on, while responding to claims that his win over Hillary Clinton was due to interference by Russia.

Acting on alleged Russian interference in the recent presidential elections, the US—apart from expelling 35 Russian diplomats from its territory and stopping short of linking them to hacking—has imposed diplomatic and economic sanctions for disrupting the November polls, against spy agencies and private entities.

Giving indications of more action to follow, President Barack Obama said, “All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions.” He said this in a riposte to Trump’s insistence that there was not a shred of evidence of Russian hand in hacking and disrupting the polls. Lifting the said sanctions would also let his party go against him.

While Trump was briefed by intelligence agencies about hacking and disrupting November election, his assurance to meet intelligence chiefs could somewhat soften his position.

In October, the US spy agencies held Russia responsible for hacking Democratic National Committee computer system networks, and President Vladimir Putin for personal involvement. Moscow has rejected of interfering the US polls.

Two Russia spy agencies—Main Intelligence Directorate (known as GRU), and Federal Security Service (known as FSB) were held responsible.

According to a department of homeland and FBI report, it was also made known how Russian hackers use computers around the globe for hacking, spying purposes without tracing the same to Russia.