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The European Union Introduced its First "Cyber Sanctions" against Russians
July 31, 2020 23:39


For the first time, the European Union has applied the new "cyber sanctions regime." Among the first to fall under the restrictions were four Russians and the structure of the General Staff.

The European Union has imposed sanctions for cyberattacks against individuals and organizations from Russia, China and the DPRK, according to the official EU journal. The restrictions were introduced as part of the EU's simplified sanctions regime on cyber attacks, created a year ago. This is the first time the new mechanism has been used.

From the published documents it follows that the main center of special technologies of the General Staff, as well as the Russians including Alexei Minin, Alexei Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov and Oleg Sotnikov, fell under the new restrictions.

The report says that six people and three organizations from the specified countries "are responsible, provide support or have been involved in cyberattacks or cyberattack attempts." It is emphasized that this includes an attempted cyberattack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as well as cyber attacks known as WannaCry and NotPetya, and Operation Cloud Hopper.

The EU cyber sanctions regime implies a ban on entry into the Union countries and an asset freeze. The adoption of sanctions requires unanimous approval from all 27 countries of the European Union.

In mid-July, the DPA reported that the German government had proposed to the European Union to impose sanctions against those involved in the May 2015 cyber attack on the Bundestag. During that attack, the MPs were sent identical emails, allegedly from the UN, with a malicious link inside. As a result, at least 16 gigabytes of data were stolen, including the correspondence of the Bundestag deputies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that Russian intelligence was involved in the incident. German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Broglie told Interfax that Berlin has begun negotiations with EU countries on sanctions against Russians.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: sanctions Russian International    

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