US president Barack Obama has signed an executive order establishing a framework for the US to impose sanctions on foreign cyber attackers.
According to Computerweekly.com(1) “The order formalises an approach taken in January 2015 by the US when it imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea in response to the November 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Obama said cyber threats are ‘one of the most serious economic and national security challenges’ facing the US.
To help counter that threat, the order enables the US Treasury in collaboration with the attorney general and secretary of state to sanction “individuals or entities” that pose a cyber threat to national security, foreign policy, economic health, or financial stability of the US.”
1. Computerweekly.com Obama threatens foreign cyber attackers with sanctions Warwick Ashford Thursday 02 April 2015
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