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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said the sanctions imposed are part of Australia’s efforts to expose cyber criminals and debilitate groups engaging in cyber attacks.

“In our current strategic circumstances we continue to see governments, critical infrastructure, businesses and households in Australia targeted by malicious cyber actors,” Marles said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We continue to work with our friends and partners around the world to ensure cyber criminals are held to account for their actions and we will relentlessly pursue activities which disrupt their capability to target Australians in the cyber space.”

The sanctions make it a criminal offense, punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, to provide assets to Ermakov or to use or deal with his assets, including through cryptocurrency wallets or ransomware payments.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said the sanctions send a clear message to cyber criminals. “There are costs and consequences for targeting Australia and targeting Australians,” she said in a statement.

U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Brian Nelson said in a statement that “Russian cyber actors continue to wage disruptive ransomware attacks against the United States and allied countries, targeting our businesses, including critical infrastructure, to steal sensitive data.”

He said Tuesday’s action “underscores our collective resolve to hold these criminals to account.”


U.S. Treasury Department reporter Fatima Hussein contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.


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