Tag Archives: Justice Department

DOJ Creates National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team; Lisa Monaco Quoted

Lisa Monaco

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has formed a new team to help conduct investigations and prosecute crimes associated with virtual currency exchanges, money laundering and other cryptocurrency cases. “As the technology advances, so too must the Department evolve with it so that we’re poised to root out abuse on these platforms and ensure user confidence in these systems,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco

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Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan Poses Questions to DOJ Over Cryptocurrency

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Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan, D-N.H., has asked the Department of Justice about authorities used by agencies within DOJ to regulate U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges, kiosks, over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading desks and their users. The senator made the inquiry amid the increasing use of the new financial technology for criminal purposes.

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DOJ Unveils Cyber Fellowship Program; Lisa Monaco Quoted

Lisa Monaco

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has announced a new fellowship program at the Department of Justice meant to train and build a pool of attorneys and prosecutors that could handle cybersecurity cases. Under the three-year Cyber Fellowship program, the selected attorneys will have a chance to conduct investigations and prosecute ransomware attacks, state-sponsored cyberthreats, transnational criminal groups and use of cryptocurrency to fund cybercrimes.

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President Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for DOJ Antitrust Division’s Assistant Attorney General

Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter, a more than two-decade legal professional, will be nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's antitrust division, the White House announced Tuesday. Kanter is a founding partner at Washington, D.C.-based Kanter Law Group and is known for advocating antitrust enforcement in the technology industry.

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U.S. Government, Allies Link Microsoft Exchange Hack to China

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The U.S. government and allies, including the U.K., European Union and NATO, have attributed the Microsoft Exchange Server (MSS) and other malicious cyber activities to threat actors with ties to China’s ministry of state security. Cyber actors linked to China’s MSS used zero-day vulnerabilities in Exchange Server to perform “cyber espionage operations."

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Government Website to Serve as One-Stop Hub for Ransomware Resources; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) have unveiled a new website to serve as a central hub of federal cybersecurity resources to help U.S. companies and public sector organizations protect their networks from ransomware attacks. Attorney General Merrick Garland said DOJ is working to bring all tools to counter ransomware attacks through the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force.

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Law Enforcement Officials Retrieve $2.3M in Ransomware Payments From Colonial Pipeline Hackers; Paul Abbate Quoted

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Officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday the recovery of $2.3 million in bitcoin paid to a group of cyber hackers responsible for the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. Paul Abbate, deputy director of the FBI, said agents identified the digital currency wallet used by the DarkSide group to collect ransomware payments from the oil company.

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Justice Department Seizes Two Domain Names Used in Spearphishing Campaign; John Demers Quoted

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) seized two domain names used in a spearphishing campaign on Friday in accordance with court orders issued in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of efforts to disrupt the threat actors’ malicious cyber activity. The campaign was the subject of a joint cybersecurity advisory issued by the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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Matt Olsen Nominated to Lead DOJ’s National Security Division

Matt Olsen

The Biden administration has nominated Matt Olsen, a national security veteran and an Uber executive, to serve as assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s national security division. If confirmed, he would succeed John Demers in the role and oversee the division focused on cases related to counterintelligence, terrorism, election security, export controls violations and cybersecurity.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Review Software Supplier Ties to Russia Following SolarWinds Hack

John Demers

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, said the FBI and other intelligence agencies launched a review of vulnerabilities originating from software suppliers that have ties with Russia to determine if there is "back-end software design and coding" that makes intrusions into U.S. companies possible.

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