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US, first report for the Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force

US, First Report For The Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force

First report for the U.S. Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force. The main issue is to protect the election from foreign cyber attacks. Focus also on cybercrime, critical infrastructure disruptions, use of the Internet for spreading violence and recruiting, botnets, and the theft of sensitive data

First report for the U.S. Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force. The cyber security experts group spoke about the threat to the elections, the cybercrime and it’s schemes, cyber warfare actions related to critical infrastructure disruptions, use of the Internet for spreading violent ideologies and recruiting followers, botnets, and the theft of sensitive data. The first issue, however, remains the cyber offensive ongoing to compromise the elections. In the first chapter of the document, it’s described as “one of the most pressing cyber-enabled threats” on U.S., specifically “malign foreign influence operations” and their impact on elections and other democratic institutions. The different types of threats are hacking of voting machines, voter registration databases and other election infrastructure; operations targeting political entities; and covert influence operations whose goal is to harm political organizations and public officials.

The midterm election is at risk of cyber attacks. Especially from Russia, in new ways and with different techniques

The US Cyber-Digital Task Force is also worried about disinformation operations that abuse social media and other forums to influence public opinion and sow division, and overt influence operations that involve lobbyists and foreign media. On the incoming vote, the midterm, the cyber security and intelligence experts believe in the report that it will targeted by Russia, but in new ways or with different tecniques. It to avoid been detected and countered by US authorities, that are prepared to cyber warfare and info warfare attacks after the 2016 elections. Microsoft, infact, revealed that it had already identified election-related hacking attempts. The tech giant spotted some phishing websites that appeared to be aimed at three unnamed congressional candidates.

From cybercrime to FBI and DOJ response against cyber threats

The next two chapters of the US DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force report are dedicated to cybercrime. Included schemes, damage to computer systems, fraud, data theft, threats to privacy (as sextortion or different extortions), and critical infrastructure attacks. The Fourth chapter of the document shows how the FBI responds to cyber threats, and the Fifth describes the Department of Justice’s efforts on training and managing its workforce.

The DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force report (file PDF)

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