U.S. serves up cyber justice against foreign hackers

U.S. serves up cyber justice against foreign hackers

The Daily Signal
April 8, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where lawmakers realize, thanks to Kelsey Harkness’ reporting for us, that Operation Choke Point continues to harm legitimate businesses. Now, the former head of a Justice Department task force that created it says the Obama administration should work with banks to clean up the damage. Riley Walters writes that three cyberattacks on U.S. targets point up the need for effective cybersecurity. NATO, at 67, remains a key alliance, Luke Coffey tells Mariana Barillas.

Former top Obama official says Operation Choke Point had “collateral” consequences. Michael J. Bresnick, who served as executive director of the Justice Department’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force when it created the secret program, now says government officials should work “closely” with banks to solve problems he acknowledges it created for some legitimate businesses. The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness has more.
U.S. serves up cyber justice against foreign hackers. Some high-profile cases of international cyberattacks on the U.S. have been unsealed for the public. The incidents, released by the Department of Justice, involve everything from hacking banks to online hoaxes regarding a terrorist attack. Mitigating cybercrimes that originate within the U.S. is a challenge, much less from hostile international actors, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Riley Walters.
The U.S. needs NATO now as much as ever, a student of the alliance says. Policy leaders are reflecting on the legacy and future of NATO this week, the anniversary of the alliance’s creation 67 years ago. One of them is Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. “[U.S.] involvement in NATO means that Europe stays relatively secure and calm. And we’re not fighting wars in Europe anymore,” Coffey told The Daily Signal.
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