In Wake of Hack Assaults, Justice Division Creates Cybersecurity Unit

The rising menace of hackers and malware has prompted the U.S. Division of Justice to type a Cybersecurity Unit that makes a speciality of prosecuting on-line crimes. Assistant Lawyer Common Leslie Caldwell introduced the brand new division on Thursday on the Cybercrime 2020 symposium in Washington, calling it a part of "our evolving efforts to discourage, examine and prosecute cyber criminals." The DOJ already has a Pc Crime and Mental Property Part, however this new unit can be a extra tightly targeted effort. Caldwell cited current cyberattacks similar to retail and financial institution hacks, in addition to the Cryptolocker malware that held information for ransom, as examples of the kind of crime that might be focused by the Cybersecurity Unit. She additionally tried to allay considerations "that privateness and civil liberties are afterthoughts to felony investigators," providing assurances that authorities prosecutors take privateness very significantly and actually goal purveyors of apps like StealthGenie that violate it. "It will be significant that we handle cyber threats on a number of fronts, with each a strong enforcement technique in addition to a broad prevention technique," Caldwell stated.

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First revealed December 5 2014, 1:32 PM