DOJ appoints attorney to liaise with major hack victims


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The Department of Justice, wrestling with its mandate to identify, pursue and sometimes prosecute foreign hackers bent on stealing U.S. firms’ intellectual property and trade secrets, has named an attorney to liaise with the victimized companies.

The appointment of Christine Kringer to the new position of director of the ‘outreach program for the protection of national assets’ was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin at a speech in San Francisco Tuesday.

Kringer, a federal prosecutor, previously worked for McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where, according to a biography on the website of the American Bar Association, she specialized in complex product liability and environmental litigation, with a focus on toxic tort litigation.

The appointment is seen as a sign that the Justice Department recognizes the need to up its game in its relationships with the companies victimized by hackers.