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The White House steps up foreign hacker defense

The White House steps up foreign hacker defense
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Hackers from Russia, China, North Korea and other countries have waged devastating cyberattacks against companies and government agencies in the U.S. over the past year. Now the White House is fighting back, calling the situation a national emergency. A recent executive order signed by President Barack Obama helps the government defend against hackers who attack the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments and companies.

The executive order allows the Department of the Treasury to freeze assets belonging to anyone involved in a cyberattack against the U.S. Hopefully, this measure will make hackers think twice before working on behalf of foreign governments or companies that want to harm the U.S.

Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cyber security co-ordinator, said the new sanctions would 'go after the worst of the worst of malicious cyber actors', while Obama assured people they would 'in no way target the unwitting victims of cyberattacks,' such as people whose computers are hijacked.

But, the executive order has some privacy advocates nervous.

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