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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

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The Justice Department this week convened a new task force to address the mounting ransomware cyberattacks on critical U.S. organizations.


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations.

The task force will include officials from DOJ's National Security Division, Criminal Division, Civil Division, Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, and the FBI. It will increase employee training, focus on agency-wide intelligence sharing, improve coordination, and leverage all investigative leads to help ensure DOJ prioritizes cases involving ransomware attacks.

In addition, it will develop and implement a strategy to fight the criminal enterprise involved in these attacks, strengthen public-private partnerships between DOJ and the private sector, and enhance collaboration with international partners.

Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said, "It is imperative that we bring the full authorities and resources of the department to bear to confront the many dimensions and root causes of this threat."

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