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US expels Russian diplomats in response to solar diplomatic hack

SolarWinds is following the US through promises of retaliation against Russia for alleged involvement in cyberbats. AP Reports That President Biden has Expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington, DC, including members of the intelligence services in response to actions involving solar services. The White House also imposed restrictions on 32 “entities and individuals” as a response to notice of the 2020 election intervention efforts.

Biden formally blamed the Russia-backed cyberattack group Kozy Beer (aka APT29) behind Solarwind Breach. The FBI, NSA and CISA also issued a joint cyber security advisory of Russian intelligence used to compromise the network. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department announced that six Russian technology companies were involved in building tools to enable “malicious cyber activities”.

The White House said that the US government was taking further steps to protect the technology supply chain against “further exploitation” by Russia.

The action has also included a number of non-technology concerns, such as a reward on American troops in Afghanistan, Russia’s ongoing crackdown in Crimea, and an attempt to silence Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Russia has historically denied accusations of hacking and election interference, regardless of the evidence. It is not certain how the country will react to these latest US measures other than denial, but it is safe to say that President Putin is unlikely to abandon any hacking or intervention campaigns when previous sanctions have not changed their stance.

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