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Trump administration sanctions Russian companies tied to worldwide hacking

The Trump administration has some mixed messages for Russia.

Three days ago, President Trump wanted the country back in the G7. Now, his Treasury Department is tossing sanctions on companies and people tied to Russian cyber attacks on the U.S., Reuters reports.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions against three Russian individuals and five companies tied to Russia's intelligence agency, saying they strengthened Russia's cyber capabilities, per Reuters. Those skills reportedly facilitated last year's worldwide NotPetya cyber attack as well as hits against the U.S. energy grid and internet infrastructure, and even helped Russia infiltrate underwater communication cables that span the world's oceans.

The U.S. previously sanctioned other Russians and companies who've gotten too close to Moscow, including some who allegedly tampered with the 2016 election.