EU Extends Sanctions against persons behind WannaCry, NotPetya and OPCW Attackers


The European Union has extended sanctions against multiple individuals and entities held responsible for the WannaCry and NotPetya malware, the disrupted Russian cyber operation against OPCW, Operation Cloud Hopper and the attack against the Bundestag. Of these eight persons and four entities, their bank balances within the EU remain frozen and those responsible are not allowed to enter the EU.


The sanctions were imposed by the EU in July last year . It was the first time that the European Union introduced sanctions for cyber attacks. The attacks with WannaCry and NotPetya caused extensive damage in the EU. With Operation Cloud Hopper , attackers managed to break into cloud providers and managed service providers and gain access to their customers. This way, all kinds of confidential data could be stolen.


Last October, the EU again issued sanctions against two Russian intelligence officers and a unit of the Russian intelligence service for the attack on the German Bundestag in April and May 2015. The persons and entities on whom the sanctions have been imposed come from China, North Korea and Russia.

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