Obama’s Executive Order Retaliating against Foreign Hackers

  • April 22, 2015
  • Computer Security News

On April 1, 2015, President Obama’s put his fist down on foreign cyber attackers with the executive order “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” Computer repair experts explain that the order allows the U.S. government to freeze the assets of any individual or organization that’s complicit in cyber attacks that threaten the country’s economic stability, national security and foreign policy. Travel and financial sanctions will also apply to those who hijack or disrupt computer networks, steal trade secrets from American companies or steal personal information of American citizens for profit.

The Need for the Executive Order

In a statement on Medium about the executive order, Obama stated that international cooperation, diplomacy and law enforcement haven’t done enough to deter and punish those who are responsible for the cyber attacks that the country experienced. The President stated, “… targeted sanctions, used judiciously, will give us a new and powerful way to go after the worst of the worst.”

In the article, Obama discussed the need for the U.S. to step up against foreign “bad actors” because “of weak or poorly enforced foreign laws, or because some governments are either unwilling or unable to crack down on those responsible.” The White House hopes that the sanctions will ultimately help reduce the economic benefit and increase the cost of malicious cyber activities.

What the Executive Order Means for You

The White House assures that the executive order will “in no way target the victims of cyber attacks, like people whose computers are unwittingly hijacked by botnets or hackers.” This means that if a laptop computer repair reveals that a foreign entity used your computer for its misdeeds and you didn’t know about it, the government won’t hold you responsible. The Obama administration hopes that the executive order will help Americans thrive in the digital world, promote the sharing of intelligence regarding cyber threats and mitigate these threats.

Whether you have questions about the new targeted sanctions or computer repair, Portland residents should never hesitate to contact Happy Hamster. Call or stop by one of our shops to learn more about how we can help you protect your computer.


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