It finally happened. In the wake of hack after hack hitting unprepared people and corporations, the Justice Department has opted to start caring about keeping people safe online. It's building a dedicated cybersecurity unit.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell explained why the unit was formed yesterday.
"Given the growing complexity and volume of cyberattacks, as well as the intricate rubric of laws and investigatory tools needed to thwart the attacks, the cybersecurity unit will play an important role in this field,” Caldwell said.
The team will help the Justice Department with electronic surveillance issues and to keep Congress up to date on the cybersecurity situation online.
The specifics of how the team will work haven't been announced yet, but should be made public soon. It's good to see government figures finally stepping up to the plate.
Shutting down hackers can only happen when you're quick enough to stop them in your tracks, and building a dedicated takedown team could help us in our fight.