February 20, 2018 / 8:48 PM / 4 months ago

Justice Department forms cyber task force to probe election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to look at how the Justice Department is fighting the global cyber threat including election interference and to issue a report on its findings by the end of June, the department said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions attends the National Sheriffs Association Winter Conference in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Sessions asked the 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 department said in a statement. 

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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