The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is focused on bolstering its efforts to stop cybercriminals and hackers, said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“Today, we live much of our lives online, and we’re in a situation where just about everything that is important to us lives on the Internet. And that’s a pretty scary thought for a lot of people,” Wray said, speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security last week. “What was once a minor threat—people hacking for fun or bragging rights—has now turned into full-blown nation-state economic espionage and very, very lucrative cyber-criminal activity. The threat is now coming at us from all sides.”
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Wray said there are numerous different types of cyber threats facing the country—nation-state intrusions, hacktivists, insider threats, and, more recently, the so-called “blended threat” of nation-states using criminal hackers to work for them.
But as hackers and criminals evolve, the FBI is changing, too, Wray said.
The Bureau is developing the cyber skills of its workforce and organizing its personnel to work the threat most effectively. For example, the FBI’s Cyber Action Teams can deploy at a moment’s notice, much the way counterterrorism teams respond to an attack or threat. Additionally, Cyber Task Forces in every FBI field office respond to breaches, conduct investigations, and collect actionable intelligence. The FBI is also strategically embedding cyber agents with international partners to build relationships and coordinate investigations.
Wray cited recent cyber successes, including the international effort to take down Darknet marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa Market, as well as identifying and bringing indictments against four hackers
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- Kane Gamble, 18, has pleaded guilty to ten charges at Leicester Crown Court
- Targets were ex-CIA boss John Brennan and FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano
- Obama’s security adviser Avril Haines and science adviser John Holdren targets
- Gamble admitted making attempts to divert James Clapper’s incoming calls
Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline
The cyber threats made against families and schools in the Flathead Valley earlier this month got national attention Wednesday when U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., probed FBI Director Chris Wray to explain how his bureau is working to bring the criminals to justice.
Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat that has become all too real in Montana, Daines said.
The senator told the FBI director the threats made against the Columbia Falls School District promised harm and demanded a ransom, forcing the closure of more than 30 schools for three days and impacted more than 15,000 children.
This is unprecedented. We have not seen that before in my home state, Daines told Wray.
FBI director Wray responded, saying the federal bureau was actively involved in the matter, and that he wanted to be careful not to discuss the ongoing investigation.
I will tell you this concept of ransomware, cyber terrorism, the various variants of it
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Ten days after murdered Infosys techie Swathi’s father filed a complaint asking to ban the movie based on Swathi murder case, the Cyber Crime Branch has registered an FIR against the director of the movie.
Titled ‘Swathi Kolai Vazhakku’ , the trailer of the film was released recently and uses real names of people involved in the case – from the victim, Swathi, to Ramkumar, her alleged stalker and murderer.
Swathi’s father K Santhanagopalakrishnan had filed a complaint with the Director General of Police on May 31, two days after the trailer of the movie was released. The complaint was forwarded to the Commissioner of Police and after enquiry, an FIR has been registered against the director and producer of the movie, Ramesh Selvan.
The letter submitted to the DGP by Swathi’s father had stated that no one took consent from Swathi’s family for making the movie. “We are unable to gauge the
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Justin Liverman, arrested by the FBI for breaking into the AOL email account of CIA director John Brennan, has today signed a guilty plea deal in the face of what his lawyers described as “draconian penalties.”
Brennan’s webmail inbox was hijacked in 2015 and his emails were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. Liverman is among the five individuals collared for their involvement in the mischief, alongside Andrew Boggs in the US and three British teenagers, including one nabbed in February.
Under the handle “D3f4ult,” Liverman was alleged to have joined “the conspiracy that referred to itself as ‘Crackas With Attitude’ or ‘CWA’,” as the prosecution put it, and targeted senior American government officials.
Liverman, 24, of Morehead City, North Carolina, faced several counts of felony conspiracy for his role in the trans-Atlantic hacking group: the crew was accused of accessing the personal accounts and systems of US
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