US to attack cyber criminals first, ask questions later – if it protects victims

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has revealed new policies that may see it undertake pre-emptive action against cyber threats.

Revealed last week by deputy attorney general Lisa O. Monaco, in a speech at the Munich Cyber Security Conference, the policy will see prosecutors, agents and analysts assess “whether to use disruptive actions against cyber threats, even if they might otherwise tip the cybercriminals off and jeopardize the potential for charges and arrests.”

Such actions will be undertaken if the DoJ feels that action can reduce risks for victims. Monaco mentioned “providing decryptor keys or seizing servers used to further cyberattacks” as possible interventions.

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Source: The Register