(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Calling cyber threats a national emergency, President Obama has issued an executive order to allow new sanctions on cyber attackers.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has more from Washington:

The first of it's kind program gives the Treasury department authority to sanction individuals engaging in the most significant cyber attacks.

President Obama, saying in a statement, cyber threats are among the most serious economic and national security challenges to the U.S.

These sanctions would go after people who go after critical infrastructure or disrupt major networks, steal credit card information or trade secrets, and people who knowingly use that information.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.