Remember when Obama declared a national emergency in April and issued an executive order to allow sanctions for cyberattacks? The administration is now talking about using those sanctions to punish China for stealing US trade secrets, including nuclear power plant designs.
President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States.
Just a few days ago, the White House hit North Korea with tightened (and fairly meaningless) sanctions as the first part of its multi-step Sony hack retaliation plan. In response, North Korea wants you to know that it is pissed. And that it's really working hard in SAT prep this year.
Despite a recent FBI briefing attempting to convince the Bureau that evidence was flimsy, the White House is standing strong behind its decision to point the Sony Hack finger squarely on North Korea. To prove it, Obama just hit North Korea with tightened sanctions. Because now we're really not doing business with them.
In an effort to sanction North Korea via luxury items, the US is engaging in the first ever effort to "personally aggravate a foreign president" by targeting items he personally enjoys. The list includes, besides the iPod: