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Submission + - Obama authorizes penalties for foreign cyber attackers (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: President Barack Obama has today signed an executive order [https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/01/our-latest-tool-combat-cyber-attacks-what-you-need-know] extending the U.S. administration’s power to respond to malicious cyberattacks and espionage campaigns. The order enforces financial sanctions on foreign hackers who action attacks against American businesses, institutions and citizens. The new legislation will enable the secretary of the Treasury, along with the attorney general and secretary of State, to inflict penalties on cyber criminals behind hacking attacks which “create a significant threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy or economic health or financial stability of the United States,” Obama said. Sanctions could include freezing of assets or a total ban on commercial trade. The authorities will be limited to imposing the new sanctions solely in cases where the attacks are considered significant enough to warrant a penalty. Punishable attacks could include malicious security breaches of critical infrastructure, DDoS campaigns against computers and networks, or those that result in the “significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers..."
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Submission + - Romney 1040 returns ransomed (pastebin.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Somebody has laid claim that US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen and has sent encrypted copies to the campaigns with a letter starting a bidding war to release the keys or destroy them

"Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything."

Are these just more campaign hijinks, or is it a chance to have your voice heard by paying to have the records released?

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