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Justice Department Is Training Prosecutors to Help Battle Cyber Threats

Posted Jul 26, 2012 10:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Justice Department is training about 400 prosecutors in an effort to battle terrorist cyber attacks and computer espionage.

The department added the training after an internal review found gaps in its ability to identify and respond to cyber security issues, the Washington Post reports.

The newspaper spoke to John Carlin, the principal deputy in Justice’s national security division. “We are very vulnerable,” he said. “Terrorists groups are saying publicly want they want to do—knock down the stock exchange and disrupt the electrical grid. We need to be more focused on this threat and we need to be ready.”

Another danger, according to the article, is posed by hackers and foreign governments stealing corporate trade secrets and military information.

Teams of lawyers in Carlin's department will work with companies, the military and government agencies that are hacked. The lawyers will also develop guidelines for federal agents investigating corporate cyber espionage.

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