The Justice Department said July 22 that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corp., alleging the company "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.
In recent years, Justice Deparment officials said they've successfully disrupted major criminal botnet operations from stealing more information and money. But as criminals continually change their tactics, officials said several U.S. laws need to be changed or updated to keep pace.
President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.
Federal law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have raised concerns about the use of virtual currencies for illegal activities, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
In an effort to stem the tide of thousands of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border, federal officials are working with their Mexican and Central American counterparts, beefing up U.S. law enforcement to disrupt smuggling operations and launching a public affairs campaign, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.
The Justice Department's recent charges against members of China's People's Liberation Army for economic espionage and stealing trade secrets from American companies were part of a years-long effort, says a senior DOJ official.
"It's one thing to identify a unit responsible for hacking into U.S. companies, and it's another thing to have specific criminal counts brought that reveal when certain criminal activities occurred, the motive behind those activities and a specific person responsible for the various aspects of the criminal charge," said Kim Peretti, co-chair of Alston & Bird's Security Incident Management & Response Team, and former DOJ senior litigator.
Student loan giants Sallie Mae and Navient, previously a unit of the lender, agreed to pay military service members $97 million after the companies charged them excessive interest and fees on student loans. Beginning in 2005, the companies failed to cap interest at 6 percent on loans to military personnel, a May 13 Justice Department statement says. Military members are entitled to the 6 percent cap as part of the Servicemembers Relief Act.