EU’s First Cyber Sanctions Target Russian, North Koreans, Chinese Attackers – By Patrick Tucker (Nextgov) / July 31 2020
The EU singled out perpetrators that attacked British hospitals, Ukrainian infrastructure, and the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The European Union, for the first time in its history, has levied sanctions in response to cyber attacks, naming six individuals and three groups associated with some of the biggest hits in recent years.
EU officials imposed restrictions on North Korean, Chinese and Russian attackers associated with the WannaCry, Operation Cloudhopper, and NotPetya attacks, including a travel ban and an asset freeze, according to a statement Thursday.
“Sanctions are one of the options available in the EU’s cyber diplomacy toolbox to prevent, deter and respond to malicious cyber activities directed against the EU or its member states, and today is the first time the EU has used this tool. The legal framework for targeted restrictive measures against cyber-attacks was adopted in May 2019 and recently renewed.”