New House Bill to Create a 'Hackers Most Wanted' List

April 27, 2018  |  By Holly Dragoo

Earlier this month, the Representative Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced House Bill 5576, the “Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018,” to committee for consideration. If passed, the bipartisan measure would require the White House to identify specific state-sponsored hackers by name in a “critical cyberthreat” list that would in turn be used to issue sanctions or take other diplomatic or economic actions against them. 

IISP Analyst Holly Dragoo: "In a way, this kind of reminds me of a 'hackers most wanted' list. If that is an inaccurate interpretation of the purpose of the bill, then I’m a little unclear about what ultimate goals it intends to achieve. If it is, however, then it’s a little unclear why the responsibility of maintaining this list resides with the White House (or rather, the U.S. Department of State). I get that the sanctions are clearly a State department function, and the criminals in question are international citizens – but so are terrorists on the 'FBI Most Wanted' list. I’m excited about the prospect of what this bill can add to international norms and institution-building in a very fluid policy space, but it won’t stop cyberattacks from happening, nor will it effectively cripple the malicious actors."


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