>> The US on Monday hit three Russian individuals and five firms with new sanctions accusing them of cyber-attacks against the United States and its allies. The Treasury Secretary accused the Russian groups of working with Moscow's military and intelligence agencies. The statement described Russia targeting under water cables, quote, which carry the bulk of the world's telecommunications data.
Russia's alleged cyber attacks include the NotPetya ransomware attack last year that spread across Europe, Asia and the Americas and attempts to hack the US energy grid. US intelligence agencies have also said Russia used active measures, particularly on social media, to sway the 2016 elections toward Donald Trump. Russia denies the accusation of election meddling.
The new sanctions come just days after Trump suggested Russia be re-admitted to the G7 group of world leaders.>> I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in, I think it would be good for the world.>> Russia was expelled after it sent military forces to annex part of neighboring Ukraine in 2014.