EU Cyber Sanctions: A Welcome Tool, or Vapid Posturing?


The European Union can now impose sanctions on hackers and their supporters, freezing their assets and banning their entry to the EU. The new legal regime, live from May, was welcomed by politicians, including Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He said: “Hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of Euros. We must now look to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for this.”

But is it really likely to deliver results? Computer Business Review asked a range of

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