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Biden battles Russian hacking groups with restrictions on IT firms

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By Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States on Friday took a new stab at Russia’s cybersecurity industry, restricting trade with four information technology firms and two other entities over “aggressive and harmful” activities – including digital espionage – that Washington blames on the Russian government. A Commerce Department posting said the six entities were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April, which targeted companies in the technology sector that support Russian intelligence services. Their addition to the Commerce Department’s blacklist means U.S. companie…

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