FBI agents took down or disrupted only about one-tenth as many cyber criminal operations during the 2017 fiscal year as they did three years earlier, according to annual reports.
The number of cyber crime operations that FBI agents dismantled or disrupted fell from nearly 2,500 in fiscal year 2014, the first year reliable records were kept, to just 262 in fiscal year 2017, according to annual audits.
The FBI missed its own target of 500 disruptions or dismantlements in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, according to the report.
Despite missing that goal, the FBI’s cyber division “made noteworthy progress towards neutralizing global cyber threats,” according to the 2017 report. The bureau also continues to list cyber operations as one of its major priorities