President Obama creates new cyber sanctions programme
Thu 2 Apr 2015, 15:39

US President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a programme that would allow the government to sanction foreign hackers.

The authorisation gives the US Treasury Secretary - in coordination with the Attorney General and Secretary of State - the ability to sanction "individuals or entities" that pose a cyber threat to the "national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States," Mr Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.