With just the Senate in session there were 10 bills introduced yesterday. Of those only one may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:
S 2765 A bill to impose sanctions with respect to Iranian persons responsible for knowingly engaging in significant activities undermining cybersecurity, and for other purposes. Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]
This sounds like a reaction to the recent federal indictment of the hackers who allegedly ‘breached’ the control system of a small dam in in New York. If that is the target, the bill will serve little purpose since such folks are unlikely to have actionable assets outside of Iran. Having said that, Rounds is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee which has jurisdiction over sanctions bills like this, so we may have to take this seriously.
As a side note the government already has the ability to apply sanctions to cyber attackers like this under EO 13694 that was recently renewed. See my closing comment in that blog post.