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Sanctions announcement reveals hacks of U.S. critical infrastructure

Florida Power and Light workers at a nuclear plant in Florida
The Turkey Point nuclear reactor in Homestead, Florida. Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP via Getty Images

One genuine piece of news behind the U.S. sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations is the attribution to Russia of a cyberhacking campaign that has targeted critical U.S. infrastructure.

The details: Per the Treasury Department’s statement, “Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors have also targeted … the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors.”