Russia/China/North Korea: On Thursday, the European Union (EU) announced new sanctions, which does not seem unusual. What makes these sanctions unique is that they specifically target organizations and individuals involved in cyber-attacks against the EU and its members. Specifically named in the sanctions were Russia’s foreign military intelligence service (GRU) Unit 74455, Chosun Expo, which is a front company for North Korea’s APT38, and Huaying Haitai, a company with ties to the Chinese threat actor APT10, as well as four specific members of Russia’s GRU and two employees of Huaying Haitai. The sanctions against those named include asset freezes and travel bans, as well as measures which forbid EU organizations and citizens from working with, or supporting those individuals and organizations. These sanctions come in response to multiple cyber-attacks including the attempted cyber-attack against the Organizations for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the WannaCry campaign, NotPetya, and Operation Cloud Hopper.
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