Iran put into effect sanctions against US President Donald Trump and nine other top US officials, claiming to be enforcing threats regarding US officials’ role in terrorist activities against Iran including last year’s killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The Trump administration has repeatedly placed sanctions on
China has created new rules that protect many of its companies from “unjustified” US sanctions. Chinese courts have been punishing companies that have complied with the restrictions applied by the United States. The New York Stock Exchange will be removing three Chinese telecommunications firms from an executive order signed by
On Tuesday, Iran denied claims that it was using a South Korean ship and holding its crew as hostages. However, Iranian forces did seize the tanker in the Gulf and pressed Seoul to release $7 billion in frozen funds. The ship, MT Hankuk Chemi, was near the Strait of Hormuz
On Monday of this week, the US ramped up sanctions on China, placing 14 senior Chinese officials on sanctions blacklists. However, China has responded by revoking visa exemptions for US diplomatic passport holders in both Hong Kong and Macau. China also stated that it planned to impose other sanctions against
According to US officials, China is skirting around sanctions placed on North Korea and is no longer trying to hide smuggling activity. The Trump administration believes the move is representative of China trying to help Pyongyang endure the US’s pressure campaign. According to US officials, North Korean vessels have delivered
According to a statement released by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, three American defense contractors will be sanctioned due to their role in proposed arms sales to Taiwan. The move is an attempt to retaliate against the US’s efforts to increase Taiwan’s security, a region that Beijing claims as
On Monday, the European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials after the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent known as Novichok. The sanctions will target entities that were allegedly involved in the poisoning, however, officials stated that the move will likely not undercut Europe’s
Early this morning, the European Union reached a deal to advance sanctions on Belarus Officials, excluding current President Alexander Lukashenko. The sanctions will target roughly 40 people allegedly responsible for violently repressing peaceful protests and conducting election fraud, according to the EU. President Lukashenko remains the possible target of a
A new government advisory warns against paying ransomware demands to cybercriminals as it may be illegal under US Treasury sanctions against certain threat actor groups. The advisory came as a surprise to cybersecurity professionals and will likely cause complications in the future for businesses hit by ransomware attacks. The Treasury’s
The U.S. Department of Treasure released an advisory today highlighting that ransomware payments could violate their Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanction controls. This advisory drastically changes the dynamic for how companies are managing ransomware response including the payment of ransoms directly or through third party negotiators.
This is an advisory that every CISO, corporate executive, and board of directors member needs to read and understand to prevent criminal liability.