World Security Report2019-05-21 09:08:22
Cyber-attacks: EU Council is now able to impose sanctions
On 17 May, the EU Council established a framework which allows the EU to impose targeted restrictive measures to deter and respond to cyber-attacks which constitute an external threat to the EU or its Member States.
Such threats may include cyber-attacks against third states or international organisations where restricted measures are considered necessary to achieve the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Cyber-attacks falling within the scope of this new sanctions regime are those which have a significant impact and which:
- originate or are carried out from outside the EU, or
- use infrastructure outside the EU, or
- are carried out by persons or entities established or operating outside the EU, or
- are carried out with the support of persons or entities operating outside the EU.
Attempted cyber-attacks with a potentially significant effect are also covered by this sanctions regime.
Sanctions may also be imposed on persons or entities associated with them.
Restrictive measures include a ban on persons travelling to the EU, and an asset freeze on persons and entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.
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