President Obama has announced a new sanctions program that authorizes sanctions to be imposed on malicious cyber actors whose actions threaten the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States. The announcement stated that by freezing assets of those subject to sanctions and making it more difficult for them to do business with US entities, economic motivation for committing these acts in the first place will be removed. The aim of the Executive Order is to ensure that malicious cyber actors who target critical infrastructure or seek to take down Internet services are subject to increased costs when designated for sanctions.

White House Press Release