EU wants to introduce sanctions against it-criminals




that disrupt elections
The European Union is working on a plan that allows Member States to impose sanctions against IT burglars and state hackers if they want to influence the parliamentary elections of next May. That says Politico on the basis of anonymous sources.

The plan allows EU countries to impose commercial sanctions and financial restrictions and gives the freezing of funds as an example. Digital break-in during the parliamentary elections is explicitly mentioned in the document, officials hope that the policy for the upcoming European elections will go into effect. Three officials familiar with the plan have informed Politico and, because of the sensitivity of the case, do not ask to be named.

According to the sources, the plan does not only deal with hackers who successfully hack into it systems, but also those who attempt to do so. As an example of similar risks, the article provides the Russians who wanted to break OPCW at poison gas research lab and were expelled from the Netherlands last year.

The EEAS has drawn up the plan and presented it to national security experts. Later this month it will go to attach├ęs of Foreign Affairs. At the moment there are still two problems with the plan: how serious a burglary must be before sanctions can be imposed and how the perpetrators can be caught.

In October last year, EU leaders said they wished to impose sanctions on criminal hackers who would disrupt elections according to Euractiv . That statement followed after reporting on Russian state shackers who would have targeted top athletes, the transport sector and the US presidential elections. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, hopes that financial sanctions have a deterrent effect. According to Euractiv, the statements were then still a consideration; a clearer plan has emerged with this document.

The next European parliamentary elections will be held from 23 to 26 May. Residents can then choose who they want to see as representatives in the European Parliament.


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