Obama’s Welcome Cyber Sanctions Plan Is Worth Expanding

A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).
A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta).
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On April 1, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order expanding Washington’s ability to deter cyberattacks, by empowering the government to apply financial sanctions on hackers and companies overseas that benefit from cyber-espionage. The directive authorizes the secretary of the treasury, in consultation with the attorney general and secretary of state, to impose sanctions on individuals and entities that he determines are responsible for, or complicit in, malicious cyber-enabled activities that may constitute a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial stability. The measure was no April Fool’s Day joke. Indeed, it reflects a move […]

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