EU Leaders Call For New Sanctions Regime Against Cyberattackers

European Union leaders are calling for a new sanctions regime that would slap penalties on those found responsible for cyberattacks on the bloc’s member states. The move on October 18 comes after Britain and the Netherlands revealed weeks earlier that suspected Russian military-intelligence agents had in April attempted to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) based in The Hague. A statement posted on the European Council website says that the council "calls for measures to combat cyber- and cyber-enabled illegal and malicious activities and build strong cybersecurity.” It adds that “work on the capacity to respond to and deter cyberattacks through EU restrictive measures should be taken forward.

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