Holder: Cybersecurity is a 'top priority'


Holder also highlighted the White House's recent international cybersecurity strategy and the takedown of criminal groups operating in Romania, Egypt and elsewhere that have been victimizing American businesses.

"In just the last few months, the Justice Department has brought cases against a number of criminal conspirators for their roles in coordinated cybercrimes that, according to court documents, netted nearly 1.5 million dollars from U.S. victims," Holder said.

Holder emphasized that the government needs cooperation from the private sector in order to prosecute cybercrime, particularly with regards to sharing information on attacks.

Several of the proposed cybersecurity bills in front of Congress would allow businesses to share information on cyber-attacks with the government by addressing concerns about legal liability and investor relations.