Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly snapshot on white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends. I hope you’re having a better week than the Maryland couple caught by the FBI allegedly trying to spread nuclear secrets in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In other enforcement news, today we examine new initiatives from the Justice Department on cybersecurity fraud and cryptocurrency and look at the attorneys Trump DOJ officials turned to as the Senate Judiciary Committee probed allegations of a post-election pressure campaign. Thanks for reading, and please get in touch with tips and feedback. Contact me at [email protected] and @AGoudsward on Twitter.

Lisa O. Monaco, Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing entitled “Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act,” on October 5, 2021. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

DOJ Signals Whistleblowers to Police Cyber Fraud

The Justice Department is seeking to crack down on federal contractors with lax cybersecurity procedures—and it wants whistleblowers to help.