President Barack Obama today sent a strong message to Russia over its hacking activities by ordering 35 diplomats out of the country. The diplomats were from the Washington DC Embassy and a San Francisco consulate. Those diplomats have 72 hours to leave US soil.
The US also sanctioned two individuals, who allegedly, used “cyber-enabled means” to misappropriate funds and personal identification information.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the sanctions were appropriate, but should have come sooner. Sen. John McCain said the sanctions should have been harsher.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper, said the agency is confident that Russia was involved in cyber-hacking activities, and the activities did not start with the election, but have been ongoing for almost a decade.
The Russian Ministry announced they would respond in a similar fashion against the United States.