How Trump is transforming a once-deadly industry
By KENNETH SMITH Washington Times Staff WriterWashington, Feb. 16 (UPI) President Donald Trump is moving quickly to revive the industry that once fueled his political fortunes.
He’s announced a task force on Wednesday to create a national registry of those who use the internet for criminal purposes, the first step in creating a nationwide network of police to track online criminals.
Trump also announced that he will order a new administration to begin to develop and implement a national strategy for combating cybercrime.
The president’s action comes as federal lawmakers are debating how to respond to a growing threat of cybercrime, including a recent FBI report on how some cyberattacks are gaining access to government networks.
In an effort to fight cybercrime the president is proposing a $100 million federal cyber crime bounty program, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press.
The bounty program would pay $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a person or entity engaged in cybercrime and $25,000 per person who cooperates with the investigation.
It also would be available to law enforcement agencies.
Trump is also creating a cybercrime task force to coordinate federal, state and local efforts to combat cybercrime as part of the National Cybersecurity Strategy he unveiled last month.
Trump will convene a panel of top cybersecurity experts to discuss ways to counter cybercrime in the coming months, according a White House statement.
The task force is scheduled to meet with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The plan would also help the White House develop strategies to combat threats to national security, the White’s statement said.