The U.S. gets serious about handling Foreign Hackers

On April 1, 2015, President Obama’s put the smack down on foreign cyber hackers with the executive order “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” Springfield Computer Repair experts Rethink Associates explain that this 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. In addition, financial and travel sanctions will will be leveled against those who disrupt or hijack computer networks, steal trade secrets from American companies or steal personal information of American citizens for profit.

Why we Need the Executive Order

When he spoke with Medium earlier this month, Obama said that international cooperation, diplomacy and law enforcement simply haven’t been effective enough at deterring and punishing those who are responsible for the cyber attacks that the U.S. has experienced. The President stated, “… targeted sanctions, used judiciously, will give us a new and powerful way to go after the worst of the worst.”

Obama also discussed the need for the U.S. to to increase their efforts 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 ultimately, the sanctions will help reduce the financial gains 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 computer repair reveals that a foreign entity has used your computer for its malicious deeds and you were unaware of it, the government won’t hold you responsible. The administration hopes that this executive order will help Americans thrive in the increasingly dangerous 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, Springfield & surrounding area residents should never hesitate to contact Rethink Associates. Call or stop by one of our shops to learn more about how we can help you protect your computer.