Cybersecurity

The German government insists on the introduction of all-European sanctions following the Russian cyber attacks on the Bundestag

According to Der Spiegel, the German government insists on the introduction of all-European sanctions as a response to the cyber attack on the Bundestag organised by the Russian Federation.

The publication states that this week German diplomats named in Brussels the corresponding names of hackers. Among them is Dmitry Badin, who is wanted by the Public Prosecutor General of Germany and the US FBI based on the arrest warrant.

The German Foreign Ministry reported that the question of who else should be included in the sanctions list is being discussed in close cooperation with EU partners.

The publication states that probably the case is individuals who are members of the APT 28 and APT 29 hacker groups. Both groups are believed to belong to the Russian special services and are responsible for numerous hacker attacks in Europe.

As it proceeds from the article, the list may include not only persons associated with the attack on the Bundestag, but also cybercriminals, listed by other EU countries in February. Possible sanctions faced by such individuals and organizations may include prohibition on entry, blocking of accounts, as well as a ban on providing services to them, for example, supplying servers. In addition, it is obviously important for EU countries such as Hungary and Italy to take in their sight cybercriminals from other countries, for example, from China.

The list must be unanimously adopted by all EU states. If such a decision is made, then this will be the first case of applying the EU sanctions mechanism against cyber attacks with significant consequences.

Previously this year the report published by representatives of the European Commission stated that “the Europeans are now less confident in their safety on the Internet: only 59% of users believe that they can ensure their safety. In 2017, this figure was 71%”.

The most popular fears of the Europeans in their Internet using is breach of safety of their personal data, and worry about the possibility of hacker attacks on their web resources. Totally 11% of accounts belonged to EU users were hacked, 8% of them became the target for financial fraud.

10% of Europeans are afraid to buy something in online stores because of the danger of fraud and hacker threats.

Another report, prepared by the European Union last year, announced that 5G mobile networks could be vulnerable to hacking from another state. A report on this was published by EU experts.

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