[ISN] Obama cyberattacker sanctions raise due process, attribution concerns

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2905295/obama-cyberattacker-sanctions-raise-due-process-attribution-concerns.html By Grant Gross IDG News Service Apr 2, 2015 New U.S. government sanctions targeting the bank accounts of suspected cyberattackers raise questions about due process for people who feel they’re wrongly accused and about how agencies will identify the source of attacks. The new sanctions, announced by President Obama’s administration Wednesday, would allow the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze the funds held in U.S. banks of people and organizations suspected of engaging in cyberattacks that pose a “significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, economic health, or financial stability” of the U.S., according to information released by the White House. The Treasury Department, consulting with the Department of Justice and Department of State, could impose the sanctions if it has a “reasonable basis to believe” the targeted organization or person is engaging in the malicious attacks. But attributing the source of cyberattacks is still difficult, and it’s unclear what standard of proof the U.S. government will use to impose the new sanctions, some legal and cybersecurity experts said. In addition, the White House offered few details about how accused organizations can challenge the sanctions, critics said. […]




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