U.S. Sanctions Bill Halting Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity to be Debated in Senate Committee
Imposes sanctions on Russian individuals and entities that support or facilitate Russia’s unfriendly cyber activities and interference in democratic processes in other countries
The Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate will debate the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA), which imposes “crushing sanctions” against Russia as described by its introducer, senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), online outlet Radio Liberty reported.
According to the bill summary, it imposes limits on any U.S. withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), amends provisions related to cybercrimes, and imposes sanctions on Russian individuals involved in various activities. Specifically, the US President shall impose sanctions on individuals and entities that support or facilitate Russian malicious cyber activities and Russian interference in democratic processes in other countries.
“The legislation targets Russian sovereign debt, banks that support the Kremlin’s efforts to “undermine democratic institutions in other countries,” Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in other countries, the nation’s cyber sector as well as figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the Radio Liberty article author states.
The law also establishes the cybersecurity-watching body within the Department of State. The new office would “lead diplomatic efforts relating to international cybersecurity, Internet access, Internet freedom, the digital economy, cybercrime, deterrence, and responses to cyber threats,” according to a statement earlier this year by Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey), a co-sponsor of the bill.
As reported earlier, the US Congress amended the national defense budget (NDAA) imposing sanctions against the company laying pipe of Nord-Stream 2 to transit gas from Russia to Germany. NDAA stays to be signed by US President Donald Trump, while DASKA still needs approval by Senate and House.