Joe Biden’s administration is preparing to take action against Russian individuals and organizations in response to alleged misconduct, including a hacker attack on SolarWinds and attempts to disrupt US elections, Bloomberg News reported.
Citing unnamed informed sources, the agency said that as part of measures that could be announced as early as Thursday, the United States plans to impose sanctions against about a dozen individuals, including government and intelligence officials, as well as about 20 organizations.
The US is also expected to expel up to 10 Russian officials and diplomats from the country, the report said.
The sanctions, in particular, threaten individuals and organizations accused by the US government of supporting the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-affiliated troll factory that conducted a coordinated social media operation to aid Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, Bloomberg News reported.
Action taken in response to malicious activity against SolarWinds will target approximately six organizations associated with Russian intelligence services, one agency source said.
The United States is also ready to name the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service as the executor of this campaign.
The attack, which compromised the widely used software of the Texas-based company SolarWinds, allowed hackers to gain access to more than 100 US companies and nine government departments before the attack was discovered by a cybersecurity firm.