US eyeing charges in foreign cyber-espionage case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A United States official says the Justice Department is preparing to announce criminal charges in an international cyber-espionage case.

Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials were expected to reveal the new indictments on Monday.

The official says the indictments will accuse individuals of participating in cyber-espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

The official described the prosecution as the first of its kind. John Carlin, the new head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, has identified the prosecution of state-sponsored cyber threats as a goal for the Obama administration.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person wasn’t authorized to discuss the case by name in advance of the announcement.

More details were not immediately available.

Associated Press

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