Document Classifies Cyber Attacks as Acts of War

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In the document, it was agreed upon that under certain circumstances all 28 EU nations will retaliate via not only severe sanctions but also non-nuclear weapons.

The European Union along with its diplomats released a press statement to governments around the world in June this year. The statement warned the international community about the growing threat of severe cyber attacks particularly from provoking nations including Russia and North Korea.

In the statement, the EU shared its declaration of a new framework which was developed by all 28 nations in the organization to deal with scathing cyber attacks. Now, the final details of the revolutionary framework have been released. Governments in the EU have officially agreed that cyber attacks will be classified as acts of war. No matter how severe they might be.

This follows retaliation against countries including North Korea and Russia for their links for cyber attacks such as WannaCry. This also includes other ransomware attacks which have been linked to the two countries. The framework is designed to discourage countries from launching cyber attacks against any of the EU nations. It is believed that by categorizing the attacks as acts of war, the new framework will be fought against recklessly.

In the document, it was agreed upon that under certain circumstances all 28 EU nations will retaliate via not only severe sanctions but also non-nuclear weapons. On Monday the British government also released a statement that revealed its certainty that North Korea may have been the driving force behind the WannaCry malware attack. The attack caused thousands of National Health Service (NHS) IT systems to be locked.

This left countless people without medical attention and caused major delays at hundreds of clinics and hospitals across the UK. Primarily the new framework sought to deter Russian agencies from interfering in the German elections. It was also aimed at preventing further planning and warfare in Ukraine.

Specialists have called the framework document a significant step against aggressor nations. Highlighted in the framework is the fact that if aggressor nations intend to or if they do engage in cyber attacks against the EU they can expect severe economic losses. This will be due to sanctions or alternatively military action. The EU’s response will serve as a deterrent to nations or online communities who wish to intimidate the nations with any form of cyber attack regardless of the how large or small it may be.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) also joined forces with the EU to tighten cybersecurity. This followed the as a result of the Snowden leaks. It is also in relation to the Russian led invasion of the Ukraine. The invasion had an adverse effect on United States politics. Which in turn led many to believe that Russia’s interference resulted in the Trump administration taking the win during the 2016 elections.

The new framework along with the combined power of the 28 EU countries proves that these attacks are a reality. It also proves that a large-scale cyber attack has the ability to bring a nation to a standstill.

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