The Obama administration is preparing retaliatory actions against Russia for its alleged involvement in cyber-attacks on Democratic Party institutions in order to interfere in the presidential election, two senior U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News.
As early as Thursday or Friday, a 2015 Obama executive order will be updated to announce the retaliatory steps, the officials said.
The announced steps will likely include economic sanctions coordinated by the Treasury Department.
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Unannounced steps will be covert and will involve cyber option — although the U.S. has been very careful to try to avoid engaging Russia in an all-out cyber war, the officials said.