For the first time in history, the European Council has imposed sanctions against foreign nationals and organizations for conducting hacking attacks and being involved in them. This was reported by the Council’s press service.
The restrictive measures apply to six individuals and three organizations. They were involved in cyberattacks against the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and participated in well-known hacker groups: WannaCry, NotPetya, and Operation Cloud Hopper.
These are four Russian citizens (Alexei Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov, and Alexei Minin) and Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as two Chinese citizens, two organizations associated with this country and with the DPRK.
The sanctions include a travel ban on the EU and an asset freeze. In addition, EU individuals and legal entities are prohibited from giving access to their accounts to the blacklisted people.
As we reported earlier, the U.S. State Department offers up to one million dollars in rewards for information that will help arrest two Ukrainian citizens wanted for cybercrimes.