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EU leaders gear up to counter Moscow on hacking threat

EU leaders gear up to counter Moscow on hacking threat (Geopolitical, Terrorism)

A draft of European Council conclusions points to the need for a new strategy to deter cyberattacks | Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images EU leaders gear up to counter Moscow on hacking threat Heads of state are expected to applaud new instrument that allows the bloc to slap sanctions on cyber attackers. European leaders are expected to call for a tougher “security culture” in the bloc to counter cyber threats, according to draft European Council conclusions dated Monday and seen by POLITICO. Days after news broke of a cybersecurity breach at the EU delegation in Moscow, the draft says that the EU needs more cooperation with international actors and institutions and a “coordinated response” to cyber threats. Earlier this month, news broke that the EU was investigating an apparent hack of its IT networks in its delegation offices in Moscow. In draft conclusions, EU leaders said they needed to "better protect the EU's information and communication networks, and its decision making processes, from malicious activities of all kinds." Heads of state are expected to applaud a new instrument that allows the bloc to slap sanctions on cyber attackers, a tool adopted by EU capitals in May.

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