EU countries to declare cyberattacks as act of war: report

European Union (EU) countries are just weeks away from invoking an agreement to declare cyberattacks from other nations as an act of war, according to a report from UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph. It has seen a draft document that warns countries including North Korea and Russia against using cyber espionage and hackers on EU member states.

The Framework on a Joint EU Diplomatic Response to Malicious Cyber Activities document says EU member states could retaliate with more traditional weapons if they are under cyberattack.

“The EU is concerned by the increased ability and willingness of state and non-state actors to pursue their objectives by undertaking malicious cyber activities,” reports the Daily Telegraph.

The document states that EU members could also trigger the EU Treaty’s mutual defence clause and call for aid from other EU governments. “If a member state is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other member states shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power,” the document states.

The UK government suspects that North Korea was behind the global WannaCry ransomware attack in May this year, which affected companies around the world and public services including its NHS.

- Commercial Risk