The Department of Justice Announces New Cryptocurrency and Data Breach Enforcement Measures
At the Aspen Cyber Summit, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco outlined new activities linked to cryptocurrency and data breaches involving federal contractors.
The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, which is made up of anti-money laundering and cybersecurity experts, is part of the Justice Department's (DOJ) cryptocurrency effort. As motivation for the new program, Monaco noted the necessity to protect consumers using decentralized systems and cryptocurrency's role in encouraging ransomware attacks.
The new enforcement squad will also go after money laundering and unlicensed money services companies. The initiative will be housed in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
Other federal agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Treasury Department, already have regulatory and enforcement initiatives in place. The Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, a new government contractor cybersecurity program, would use civil enforcement measures to guarantee that organizations receiving federal cash maintain systems that meet appropriate security standards.
Monaco highlighted the new approach because of contractors' proclivity to notify data breaches after the fact. The new cybersecurity initiative would pursue contractors that cover up data breaches civilly. Contractors will be investigated under the False Claims Act.