[ISN] Cyber threats on the rise, FBI official says

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 03:09:01 -0500 (CDT)

By Ben Bain
October 15, 2008

Malicious cyber activity has grown more prevalent and sophisticated 
during the past year and threats come from organized crime groups, 
terrorist organizations and foreign governments, according to a senior 
FBI official.

The increase in activity and sophistication poses a criminal and 
national security threat and has raised concerns from the government, 
the private sector and the country's overseas partners, Shawn Henry, an 
assistant director of the FBI who runs its Cyber Division, told 
reporters today. Henry said the current threats involve denying access 
to networks, compromising or changing data to affect its integrity and 
the theft of data.

“The amount of information that has been stolen is significant. There 
are no shortage of actors that are interested in stealing the data from 
a criminal perspective and from a national security perspective,” he 
said. “Over the past year the malicious activity has become much more 
sophisticated, much more prevalent.”

Henry also said the use of botnet attacks to spread malicious code and 
access networks continues to increase.


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