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Obama cyberattacker sanctions raise due process, attribution concerns

Grant Gross | April 6, 2015
New U.S. government sanctions targeting the bank accounts of suspected cyberattackers raise questions about due process for people who feel they're wrongly accused and about how agencies will identify the source of attacks.

The order may help beef up U.S. cyberdefenses, but attributing the source of attacks is "not nearly as easy as it sounds", added Greg Foss, senior security engineer with LogRhythm, another cybersecurity vendor.

"It is trivial for hackers to pivot through other countries and misplace blame in order to create the illusion that an attack originated from a specific location," Foss added by email. "Malware can and will be created that contains false data, to shift culpability."

 

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