Escalating Cyber Attacks Threaten National Security, says DOJ Official

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A rise in cybersecurity threats has raised concerns of the security of America’s infrastructure, reports Courthouse News Service. Speaking at the Justice Department’s third annual cybersecurity symposium Thursday,  Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers warned that U.S. adversaries are “ramping up online.” He singled out North Korea in particular, noting its ability to stage “major international disruptions.”

Three North Korean hackers were charged with conspiracy and fraud in February for electronic theft of up to $1.3 billion. FireEye, a private cybersecurity firm, alerted the U.S. government and the company Solar Winds on December 11, 2020 that hackers allegedly working for Russian intelligence had evaded layers of defenses in government Internet systems and penetrated the computer networks operated by the U.S. State Department, the Treasury and Commerce departments, and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. Demers remarks came as Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco began a wide-ranging review of the department’s strategies for combating cybersecurity threats. Monaco noted that the department wants to bring forth “actionable recommendations” to tackle emerging threats within four months.

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