DOJ Expanding Into Asia To Fight Cybercrime

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is broadening its overseas efforts against cybercrime.

For the first time, the department has stationed a legal adviser in Malaysia to help ensure that countries in Southeast Asia have laws on the books to fight hackers and have the tools to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes.

The new position is intended to shore up international partnerships against a kind of crime that’s without geographic borders, and is often carried out by overseas hackers who elude American prosecution.

The new post is funded by the State Department. It lasts for a year, though Justice Department officials hope to expand the initiative to other parts of the world if it proves successful.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell is expected to discuss the move in a speech on Friday.

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