Hackers could be facing new sanctions from the U.S. government in at attempt to prevent cyber crime.
The Department of Justice is close to issuing the first round of economic sanctions against foreign entities over hacking complaints, according to a report from ABC News.
The Obama administration announced it would pursue sanctions against foreign hackers and their customers earlier this month, and the report indicates the first of those are on their way.
The sanctions could include freezing hackers’ assets, among other things.
Luke Dembosky, deputy assistant attorney general for national security, told ABC News he “wouldn’t expect it to take long," though he would not elaborate on which hackers the government is targeting with the sanctions.
Preisdent Obama called cyber crime a national emergency in an executive order issued earlier this month.
"The increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," Obama wrote at the time.