Bloomberg: the EU is thinking about introductions first cybercentre against Russia and China

the EU is thinking about introductions first cybercentre against Russia and China the EU is thinking about introductions first cybercentre against Russia and China
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member States of the European Union, are considering the introduction of sanctions against several entities and individuals in Russia and China because of their alleged involvement in the cyber attacks, Bloomberg reported citing five diplomatic sources.

According to him, the representatives of the EU countries intend to start a discussion on this possibility this week. Sanctions, according to them, aimed at “deterring and responding to cyber attacks, which pose an external threat to the EU”. This will be the first application of the regime of cybermancy of the European Union. It includes a prohibition on entry to EU countries and freezing of assets.

First consultations will be held at the expert level. For the imposition of these sanctions need the agreement of all EU States. One of the Agency sources said that the consultations can last about two months. In which natural and legal persons may be imposed sanctions, not specified.

the Agency notes that to obtain the consent of all EU countries will be difficult because of the power some of them do not want to damage relations with China or rely on the normalization of relations with Russia.

In December last year, U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that NATO must be ready to confront the scale of the cyber threat from Russia. “It [NATO] was created to deal with the Soviet Union, he said. – The Soviet Union bno more, Russia remains. But the nature of the threat from Russia has also changed, now she has a massive component in cybersphere. We need to ensure that NATO is prepared to confront this challenge”.

According to Pompeo, China “also represents for NATO an enormous threat.” The Chinese are “secretly trying to infiltrate the NATO system, communication channels and intercept technology.” “They are ready to do it all to amplify at the expense of our transatlantic partners. NATO must be prepared for it,” added Pompeo.