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New EU sanctions for cyber attackers

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that cyber attackers around the world could now face EU sanctions, as a result of a new regime pushed for by the UK and its partners.

The new sanctions regime sends a clear message to hostile actors everywhere that the UK, and the EU, will impose tough consequences for cyber attacks. The sanctions regime will involve travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for these actions.

Hunt said: “This is decisive action to deter future cyber attacks. For too long now, hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of Euros. We must now look to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for this.

“The UK and its allies have been unafraid to call out those who have conducted cyber attacks with the intent to damage and destroy our institutions and societies. But we have been clear that more must be done to deter future attacks by hostile state and non-state actors. Our message to governments, regimes and criminal gangs prepared to carry out cyber-attacks is clear: together, the international community will take all necessary steps to uphold the rule of law and the rules based international system which keeps our societies safe.”



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