Actual Executive Order Issued to Counter Cyber Threats

President Obama issued an Executive Order (“EO”) to block property belonging to those who engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities.  Citing to the threat posed by malicious cyber-enabled activities to the nation’s security, foreign policy, and economy, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the threat.  The President’s authority is derived from the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), which authorizes the sanctioning of individuals located outside the United States.

The EO authorizes the freezing of assets of any foreign individual deemed to be responsible for, or complicit in malicious cyber-enabled activities that pose a significant threat to the nation’s security, foreign policy, economic, or financial stability.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State are responsible for determining whether an individual is responsible for, complicit in, or engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities.  The EO can be used against individuals who harm critical infrastructure, disrupt computer networks, and those who engage in misappropriation of funds, trade secrets, and financial and personal identifiers for gain.

This EO is another tool that may be used against individuals who engage in malicious cyber-related activities.  The Obama Administration is building an arsenal of weapons to expand the nation’s ability to counter cyber threats.  In addition to this EO, the Administration also proposed several legislative changes to counter cyber threats.


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  1. […] Sanctions Against China Under Consideration (The Wall Street Journal):  The White House is preparing sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that are believed to have benefitted from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets, reports the Wall Street Journal.  The authority for the planned sanctions is likely from the Executive Order signed in April 2015, authorizing the government to block the property of those who engage in malicious cyber-enable activities.  The sanctions are not expected to be imposed until after President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping meet this month.  Some scholars see the threat of sanctions as a possible bargaining chip to create rules on cyberspace.  A copy of the Executive Order and a brief analysis can be found here. […]

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