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EU Ambassadors Agreed On Sanctions Against Structures And Citizens Of Russia And China For Cyberattacks

EU Ambassadors Agreed On Sanctions Against Structures And Citizens Of Russia And China For Cyberattacks

Permanent representatives of the 27 EU member states agreed to impose restrictive measures against structures and citizens of Russia, China, and North Korea allegedly involved in cyber attacks.

"The ambassadors today agreed on sanctions against the intelligence services of Russia, China, and North Korea, as well as Russian and Chinese citizens involved in cyberattacks," he said.

According to the diplomat, restrictive measures are prepared for involvement in the cyberattacks WannaCry, NotPetya, and Cloud Hopper. Now they must be approved by the EU Council, after which they will be published in the Official journal of the community and will enter into force.

The mechanism for imposing sanctions for cyber crimes was created on May 17, 2019, but since then, the EU has not been able to prove the responsibility for cyberattacks against its countries for any group of individuals to test the new sanctions in practice.

According to the regulation on these sanctions, individuals and legal entities that the EU considers responsible for cyber attacks will be included in a special blacklist. They will be banned from entering the EU, their banking assets in the community should be frozen, and European businesses are prohibited from contacting them. Unprecedented for this EU sanctions regime was the ability to impose sanctions for "cyberattacks against third countries" outside the EU and international organizations. The EU Council did not explain why it intends to assign the blame for anonymous cyberattacks to a specific person or organization.

The document approved in 2019 notes that the new EU sanctions apply only to those cyber attacks that "were carried out from outside the EU, used infrastructure outside the EU, or were undertaken in the interests of individuals and organizations based and operating outside the EU." In other words, individuals based in the EU and using only European services for hacking against third countries and international organizations are not subject to this sanctions mechanism.

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