General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of the Justice
Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, which will canvass the many ways
that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat, and will also
identify how federal law enforcement can more effectively accomplish
its mission in this vital and evolving area.
“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,” Attorney
General Sessions said. “At the Department of Justice, we take these
threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a
Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that
this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people
The Task Force will be chaired by a senior Department official
appointed by the Deputy Attorney General and will consist of
representatives from the Department’s Criminal Division, the National
Security Division, the United States Attorney’s Office community, the
Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, the
Office of the Chief Information Officer, the ATF, FBI, DEA, and the U.S.
Marshals Service. The Deputy Attorney General may invite
representatives from other Department of Justice components and from
other federal agencies to participate in the Task Force. He may also
establish subcommittees to focus the Task Force’s efforts.
The Task Force will be responsible for issuing a report to the Attorney General by the end of June.
The Attorney General has asked the Task Force to prioritize its study
of efforts to interfere with our elections; efforts to interfere with
our critical infrastructure; the use of the Internet to spread violent
ideologies and to recruit followers; the mass theft of corporate,
governmental, and private information; the use of technology to avoid or
frustrate law enforcement; and the mass exploitation of computers and
other digital devices to attack American citizens and businesses. The
scope of the Task Force’s report is not limited to these categories.