MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti. A group of congressmen proposed to give Americans the opportunity to prosecute foreign states that carry out cyberattacks against US citizens through the courts, according to a press release on the website of one of the authors of the relevant bill, Democratic Congressman Colin Allred.
According to the press release, both Democrats and Republicans are among the congressmen who presented the document. The Homeland and Cyber Threat (HACT) Act is intended to “allow Americans to sue foreign nations that are conducting cyberattacks against or taking part in American cyber attacks in federal or state courts.” “Cyberattacks against American citizens are only getting worse, and Congress should give Americans the tools they need to combat foreign attacks, ”Allred said.
Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse stressed that over the past decade there has been “a sharp increase in the number of cyberattacks”, and called “shocking” the fact that there is still no legal remedy required to hold foreign states accountable.
As noted in a press release, the bill provides for the abolition in US courts of the immunity of foreign states, as well as foreign officials, workers and agents, regarding compensation for damage caused by cyber attacks.