Feds reportedly plan to prosecute hackers sponsored by other nations

US Justice Department officials plan to bring criminal charges against hackers, governments, and companies involved in nation-sponsored computer intrusions on US companies, according to a published report.

"I'll give you a prediction," John Carlin, the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the national security division of the Department of Justice, told a DefenseNews reporter. "Now that we are having people look at bringing one of these cases, it's there to be brought and you'll see a case brought."

More than 100 prosecutors are being trained to participate in the new initiative, which is being organized by a little-noticed program known as the national security cyber specialist network. Prosecutors plan to work with agents in the FBI to find additional cases to bring. Prosecutors could possibly call on investigators in the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and other agencies for additional help.

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