December 6, 2019 / 5:06 PM / 3 months ago

Russia calls new U.S. sanctions over hacking a 'propaganda attack'

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a tower of the Kremlin (R) and the Foreign Ministry headquarters (back) in Moscow, Russia March 16, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign ministry said on Friday that new U.S. sanctions against Russian individuals and firms over alleged cyber crimes were a “propaganda attack” and Moscow would respond to them, though it did not say how.

U.S. 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.”

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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