Cyber criminals will be hit with tough new sanctions under a new regime agreed today by EU member states.

Attackers will be given travel bans and have their assets frozen as governments roll out new measures to crackdown on the rising problem of cyber crime.

“This is decisive action to deter future cyber attacks,” said foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“For too long now, hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of euros.”

“We must now look to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those we know have been responsible for this,” he added.

It comes weeks after the government unveiled plans to introduce new cybersecurity laws on internet-connected devices, as authorities gear up for the increased threat of cyber attacks to everyday products such as smart TVs, toys and kitchen appliances.

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