Mubasher: US President Donald Trump reportedly plans to sign an executive order later on Wednesday under which sanctions would be imposed against foreign firms or individuals who interfere in US elections, according to news reports.
Sanction targets could be persons or entire companies accused of interfering in US elections via cyber attacks or other methods, US official told Thomson Reuters.
“The administration is keen to set a new norm in cyberspace,” the official stated, adding that “this is a first step in stating boundaries and publicly announcing our response for bad behavior.”
Under the charge of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the order would task a range of bodies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Homeland Security Department, to decide if any meddling activity occurred.
The order is the latest measure in a raft of the US administration efforts to adopt a tougher stance on election security ahead of the November elections which would decide whether Trump’s Republican Party could maintain its majority in both the House of Representative and the Senate.
Election meddling will be deemed under the order as hacking activities against “election infrastructure,” and efforts to sway public opinion through organised digital propaganda or systematic leaks of private political information.
The news came after the US intelligence officials have concluded that Russian hackers breached the Democratic National Committee and leaked confidential information during the 2016 presidential election campaign.