FBI: Several nations eye U.S. cybertargets

[IDG] About two-dozen nations have developed cyberattack capabilities and have their eyes on targets inside U.S. businesses and government agencies, the top cybercrime law enforcement official in the U.S. said today.”There are countries who have an interest in obtaining information from the U.S., in terms of the electronic theft of data,” said Shawn Henry, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Cyber Investigations division.Henry declined to name the countries, but during a press conference he called organized attacks on U.S. cybertargets a “significant threat.” Over the past year, cyberattacks against U.S. targets have become increasingly sophisticated, said Henry, who was appointed to the top post in the cyber division in September.
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http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/101508-fbi-several-nations-eyeing-us.htmlFBI targets rise in cybercrime from U.S. and abroad
The threat of cybersecurity attacks are on the rise from organized crime, terrorists, and foreign governments, an FBI official warned on Wednesday.There are a “couple dozen” countries interested in breaching U.S. networks, said Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI cyber division, though he declined to list any specific countries.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10067330-38.htmlFBI sees rise in computer crime
Computer spying and theft of personal information have risen notably in the past year, costing tens of millions of dollars and threatening U.S. security, the FBI’s cyber division head said on Wednesday.FBI Assistant Director Shawn Henry told reporters that organized-crime groups are drawn by the ease of reaching millions of potential victims.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKTRE49E8J520081015FBI warns of sweeping global threat to U.S. cybersecurity
The FBI’s newly appointed chief of cybersecurity warned today that “a couple dozen” countries are eager to hack U.S. government, corporate and military networks. While he refused to provide country-specific details, FBI Cyber Division Chief Shawn Henry told reporters at a roundtable cooperation with foreign law enforcement is one of the bureau’s highest priorities and added the United States has had incredible success fostering overseas partnerships.He compared the situation to 1999, when he headed the FBI’s National Infrastructure Intrusion Center’s computer intrusion unit and “there wasn’t all that much we could do” in the face of a cyberattack.
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