Obama Has Signed Executive Orders Against Malicious Cyber Activities

Computer password screen. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)
Computer password screen. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

I’m not too sure whether the U.S. should be pointing fingers at anyone over malicious cyber activities.

The U.S. government is going to impose sanctions on any person, organization, or government that conducts any “malicious cyber-enabled activities” that harm the U.S. President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that authorize these sanctions.

“The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that support our troops,” Obama said in a statement.

The sanctions are targeting any activities who;

  • Significantly harm critical infrastructure,
  • Disrupt computer networks,
  • Expose personal information and trade secrets,
  • Entities that profit from information stolen in any cyber-attacks.
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“The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that support our troops,” Obama said in a statement. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

The administration will be focusing on threats from outside the U.S., noting that “many of these attacks originate from outside our borders.”

The sanctions will help prevent and respond to cyber-attacks when law enforcement, the private sector, or cooperating with nations don’t offer any resolution. In some cases, foreign laws are too weak, or the governments are “either unwilling or unable to crack down on those responsible,” the statement said.

The sanctions will allow the government to stop a person or organization’s from accessing U.S. financial institutions and any property they may have in the U.S.

Hackers who are suspected will also be barred from either giving or receiving funds and transferring assets.

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The sanctions will help prevent and respond to cyber-attacks when law enforcement, the private sector, or cooperating with nations don’t offer any resolution. Image: (Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Preventing cybercriminals from transferring funds that are deposited in a U.S. bank can limit “their ability to both commit these malicious acts and to profit from them,” the statement said.

Obama also mentioned recent cyber-attacks against the U.S., including the data breach at Sony Pictures that was linked to North Korea. Other industries have also been targeted by cyber-attacks.

Well, we will just have to wait and see if they do use the sanctions, as it’s hard to prove 100% who it was.

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