US Government Cracks Down on Cybercrime

For the first time in history the Justice Department will accuse a foreign government of hacking.
1:43 | 05/19/14

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We begin with breaking news. An unprecedented crackdown on cybercrime for the first time ever the U.S. Is directly targeting a foreign government. ABC's chief justice consultant Pierre Thomas. Reporter: ABC news learned for the first time ever the U.S. Government is going to accuse another country of hacking U.S. Business interests to gain unfair economic advantage. The diplomacy implications are enormous as the justice department is expected to announce criminal charges as early as today against government officials in a foreign country. As you say China is the focus. Intelligence officials have long believed that the Chinese government has been engaged in a state-sponsored hacking and economic espionage stealing so much research and development from U.S. Companies that it's affecting national security, George. So, Pierre, can the FBI can actually arrest Chinese officials and how do they expect them to respond? Reporter: These government officials are international fugitives but it'll be difficult if they don't leave China. As far as the response, unclear how the Chinese will respond since this has never happened before but they probably won't like it. This is a big day. Another major crackdown on an international ring that's reaching right into American homes. That's right. A huge case expected out of new York today where prosecutors will announce the results of an international takedown that will show how hackers can touch you right in your home. These hackers arrested in more than 18 countries developing software allowing them to secretly take control of home computers and monitor as people use them for financial transactions and in some cases can turn on home computers and secretly film you in your bedrooms. Wow. So many dangers online. Pierre, thanks so much.

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