The European Union (EU) on Friday agreed to new rules that willgrant it authority to impose travel bans and asset freezes againstindividuals responsible for cyberattacks that pose a significantthreat to the bloc.

The new rules come amid concerns by European and U.S. officialsover cyberattacks related to election meddling or intellectualproperty theft by actors linked to Russia and China.

The measures, which aim to “deter and respond to cyberattackswhich constitute an external threat to the EU,” would apply toactors responsible for attacks originating outside the bloc, theCouncil of EU member states said in a statement.

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