Over a dozen lawyers and millions in taxpayer funding was apparently not enough to combat Russian meddling in US elections. Now, Attorney General Jess Sessions has now ordered the creation of a cyber task force to combat Russian meddling.
Tuesday, Sessions ordered the creation of a task force to figure out how the Justice Department can better combat the ever-increasing global cyber threats that could damage critical infrastructure. The new task force will also be focusing efforts to stop Russian influence on US elections.
In a statement Tuesday, sessions said, "The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments."
An official memorandum signed Friday but only released Tuesday said the task force will "prioritize its study of efforts to interfere with our elections." The task force will also examine how the internet is used to spread violent ideologies and recruit extremist followers.
The group is tasked with also looking at how hackers steal corporate, governmental and private information and how technology can be used as a tool to "avoid or frustrate law enforcement."
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