Russia calls new US sanctions over hacking a “propaganda attack”

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Russia’s foreign ministry said on Friday that new US sanctions against Russian individuals and firms over alleged cybercrimes were a “propaganda attack” and Moscow would respond to them, though it did not say how.

US authorities targeted a Russian cybercriminal group known as Evil Corp, indicting its Lamborghini-driving alleged leader and ordering asset freezes against 17 of his associates over a global, $100 million digital crime spree.

The foreign ministry said the United States would need to have contacted Russia to obtain evidence about the crimes, adding: “As far as we know, there have been no such requests...Just as with the previous American attacks, these too won’t remain without a response.”

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