EU, in first-ever cyber sanctions, hits Russian intelligence

Brussels, July 30

The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on six individuals and three organisations, together with Russia’s army intelligence company, accusing them of duty for a number of cyber-attacks that threatened EU pursuits.

EU headquarters mentioned in an announcement that these focused embrace individuals thought of to be concerned within the 2017 “WannaCry” ransomware assault, the “NotPetya” strike that notably induced havoc in Ukraine, and the “Operation Cloud Hopper” hacking marketing campaign.

The sanctions are the primary that the EU has ever imposed for cyber-attacks.

EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned that “the measures concerned are a travel ban and asset freeze to natural persons and an asset freeze to entities or bodies. It is also prohibited to directly or indirectly make funds available to listed individuals and entities or bodies.”           

Four members of Russia’s GRU army intelligence company have been singled out.

The EU accuses them of making an attempt to hack the wifi community of the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has probed using chemical weapons in Syria. The 2018 assault was foiled by Dutch authorities.

Two Chinese nationals have been additionally focused over “Operation Cloud Hopper,” which the EU mentioned hit IT methods in corporations on six continents, together with Europe, and “gained unauthorized access to commercially sensitive data, resulting in significant economic loss.” AP


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