Thursday, December 29 2016 21:22 EET
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US introduced new sanctions on Russia over 'significant malicious cyber-enabled activities'
US, new sanctions, Russia, cyber-enabled activities, hacking, Barack Obama, election, cyber attacks

President Barack Obama has issued new sanctions against Russian people and companies that the US government has accused of hacking American institutions ahead of the election.

The Treasury Department announced the new sanctions against five entities and four individuals on Thursday afternoon.

In the executive order, which Obama signed Wednesday night, the president said he was taking “additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities… in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions.”

Earlier influential U.S. senator predicted Russia could expect sanctions after cyber attacks.

"It is now time for Russia to understand – enough is enough," U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.