Treasury Hits Russian FSB for Underwater Reconnaissance of Internet Cables

An undersea fiber optic cable

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Moscow plans to attack undersea cables in future conflict

The Treasury Department on Monday announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Russian entities engaged in targeting undersea internet cables and cyber spying inside critical U.S. infrastructures.

The department announced sanctions on five companies and three Russians linked to the Federal Security Service, the main Kremlin intelligence service, known as the FSB, that has been linked to Russian election meddling in 2016.

For the first time, Treasury revealed one of the sanctioned companies, Divetechnoservices, has worked with the FSB since 2007 to spy on underwater cables used to connect the internet around the world.

Russia has been active in tracking undersea communication cables which carry the bulk of the world’s telecommunications data,” the department said in announcing the sanctions. Continue reading

Military Chief: Russia Could Cut Under Water Internet Cables, Crippling West

As was warned about, years ago:

Top Secret Brief: Russian Threat to Undersea Cables Growing

Russian Presence Near Undersea Cables Concerns U.S.

U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

 

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the head of Britain’s Armed Forces, told a group of military insiders that the risk of such action is grave and potentially catastrophic.

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