The President Obama announces executive order authorizing sanctions on those engaging in malicious cyber enabled activities.
Lisa Monaco assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism advised President Obama for expanding administration abilities to Combat Cyber Threats post and explained authorization of a new tool to counter cyber threats in addition to defenses and response capabilities existing tools.
This authorization create a new tool to target cyber actors who threaten US national security like those who;
1: Harm significantly or compromise US critical infrastructure
2: significantly disrupt the availability of U.S. computer networks including through DDoS Cyber attacks
3: Steal trade secret of U.S. companies for profit
The President announced a new sanctions program that authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, to sanction malicious cyber actors whose actions threaten the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States.