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EU: agreement to sanction those who carry out cyber attacks

Agreement reached between the 28 member countries in the European Council

Two weeks after the Dutch revelation of having foiled a cyber attack by the Russian military secret service, yesterday the European Union (EU) countries decided to allow the European Council to sanction who will be held responsible for cyber attacks. The decision before becoming official and to be able to find its application against States, individuals or companies will have to be voted by each of the 28 EU States member. The announcement of the agreement was announced by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in the closing press conference of the summit, in an intervention in which he assured that "this sanction regime will protect our citizens, our societies and institutions from every cybernetic threat". A firm and necessary stance since cyberattacks are constantly increasing, and are perpetrated either by criminal organizations or individuals or by "rival" States.

A measure that risks remaining on paper only for two reasons. The first of a "diplomatic" nature because as mentioned each country must incorporate this decision in order to draw up a genuine European standard in agreement with the other Member States; the second one is "political" inasmuch as in order to be applied the sanctions should be voted unanimously. The real risk is that since Russia is the main source of cyberattacks, some countries and governments could refuse to open a new confrontation with Moscow.

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