Nothing says cutting-edge digital badassery like a government cybersecurity task force, amirite? On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a new, special cybersecurity task force aimed at combatting global threats and protecting U.S. elections from foreign interference. The unit is being called the “Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force.” A DOJ-appointee will lead the group, and work with members from law enforcement and other government agencies to “canvass the many ways that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat.” Canvass, eh? SEE ALSO: Anyone can use Facebook to boost a message. Even Russian agents. In the announcement, the DOJ lists a host of issues that will fall under the task force’s purview and also says it will “prioritize its study of efforts to interfere with our elections.” Its primary focus is hardly a surprise, especially after the recent wave of indictments and evidence about Russian election interference that Mueller’s probe recently made public. No one (not even Trump) can deny Russia meddled in our election anymore. The special task force will also look into (brace yourselves): “efforts to interfere with our critical infrastructure; the use of the Internet to spread violent ideologies and to recruit followers; the… Read full this story
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