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Obama Authorizes Sanctions for Cyber Attacks


Continuing the policy first adopted (that we know of) for North Korea’s (disputed) attack against Sony Pictures, Pres. Barack Obama has authorized the U.S. to uphold sanctions against countries that initiate cyber attacks against the U.S., and companies within the U.S.

I’m personally against this action, as it is authorizing the U.S. to perform retaliation for something, that we have had a terrible time attributing to countries. I foresee that it would lead to increased tensions against the U.S.

From the article:

Several months after the White House imposed sanctions on North Korea for its alleged involvement in the hack of Sony Pictures, the administration is promising to do the same to anyone else that tries to hack American targets.

President Obama signed an executive order that authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on individuals or entities believed to be involved in “malicious cyber-enabled activities” that could pose “a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, economic health, or financial stability of the United States.”

“Starting today, we’re giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy by damaging our critical infrastructure, disrupting or hijacking our computer networks, or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit,” Obama said in a statement.

Pres. Obama signed new EO for the sharing of threat data

President Obama has signed a new Executive Order (EO) aimed at sharing threat data that the government collects with the private sector.

I’m curious to see how valuable the data shared will be, if it will have enough valuable to make this service worthwhile, and who exactly would be given access to the threat intelligence data.

Read the entire EO here:  White House Press Office