Sanctions Profile: Cyber-Attacks

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The EU adopted a new sanctions regime in May 2019 to deter and respond to malicious cyber activities on EU member states, third states and international organisations.

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EU Council renews cyber sanctions regime for 1 year

The EU Council has renewed its cyber-attack sanctions regime for 1 year until 18 May 2021. Under the regime, the EU can impose targeted sanctions (asset freezes and travel bans) on people or entities involved in cyber-attacks which cause a “significant impact” and constitute an “external threat” to EU member states, third states, or international organisations. The EU has not …

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US continues malicious cyber activity sanctions for 1 year

In April 2015, the US adopted Executive Order 13694 (as amended), which declared a national emergency in respect of those engaging in “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” originating from, or directed by, persons located outside of the US. The E.O. imposed asset freezing measures and travel restrictions. The US has renewed these sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency …

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3rd countries align with EU sanctions on cyber-attacks, Iran and Syria

Cyber-attacks On 17 May, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2019/797 to establish a new sanctions regime “to deter and respond to cyber-attacks which constitute a threat to the Union or its member states”. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway and Georgia have aligned themselves with this decision. Press release. Syria Also on 17 May, the Council …

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UK cyber sanctions regulations

The UK has published The Cyber-Attacks (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2019 which will come into force on 11 June 2019, to transpose the new EU sanctions regime into UK law targeting those responsible for cyber-attacks on EU member states, third states or international organisations (see post). These measures comprise asset freezing measures on persons or entities and prohibitions against dealing with the...

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New EU cyber-attack sanctions regime

The EU has a new sanctions regime, for targeted sanctions to “deter and respond to cyber-attacks which constitute a threat to EU member states, third States or international organisations” under Council Regulation (EU) 2019/796 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/797. Travel bans and asset freezing measures can be imposed on those “responsible for cyber-attacks or attempted cyber-attacks, who provide financial, technical...

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Current Sanctions

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Council Regulation (EU) 2019/796

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/797

The Cyber-Attacks (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/956)