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The FBI and Secret Service are investigating even more cyber attacks

The FBI worked alongside several law enforcement agencies overseas to help prevent organized cyber attacks against eight major U.S.-based banks.

"With the increased connectivity in countries that didn't have that amount of access, and the technological advances made in corporate America that have put vulnerable financial information online, it's been the perfect storm," said Shawn Henry, FBI cyber division assistant director, in a statement to the AP."We've gotten so many requests (for help in overseas cases) that we actually have started to embed FBI personnel into the national police agencies of a number of countries."

The FBI and Secret Service have been called into high-profile hacker cases in the past, with a growing concern related to the higher number of attacks targeting U.S. businesses and banks.  The Secret Service is placing some of its agents overseas to deal with electronic crimes -- all Secret Service agents undergo extensive computer training -- but their exact job responsibilities remain unknown.

FBI officials noted a continued increase in the number of cyber attacks it has been requested to investigate, with security analysts expecting the trend to continue.

Cyber security against attacks, especially if the origin of the attack is overseas, has left security experts dissatisfied, as the number of attacks continue to increase.  The FBI also recently warned hackers are targeting law firms and public relations companies in an attempt to steal personal information of clients and customers.

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RE: Get off your collective asses
By stmok on 12/10/2009 9:25:15 PM , Rating: 1
You're right. We should just post armed men on every street corner, in every store, church, business, hospital, school, etc, etc that way we can collect intelligence from everyone, everywhere, all the time - and we'll be "safe".

That's a waste of manpower...Here's what the US Govt does:

What most American citizens don't know is the fact that the NSA is monitoring everything coming in and out of country.


They have a deal with AT&T where they re-route all Internet traffic and mirror the data onto their servers. The servers are in the AT&T building on a specific level that is severely restricted to a few key people. So anything that contains a keyword in their "bad words" database is automatically flagged...The data is then sent to the NSA building in Washington for analysis. (This is where the mathematicians, analysts, computer experts, hackers, etc work...About 30,000 of them).

Of course, the data is meaningless until human-based analysis is used to "connect the dots" intelligence data. Smart algorithms in software can reduce the load, but its no substitute for a competent analyst.

Its not just the web though, all your telephone calls (phone line, mobile, satellite) are being recorded and listened to...Actually, they are all recorded in digital format, and the GUI is more like an iTunes application for the NSA analyst to select and listen to.

This is the real cost of technology. The more technically reliant you become, the easier it is to monitor you.

What the NSA doesn't do, is send out guys after you. So that 1998 Hollywood film; "Enemy of the State" is wrong in that regard.

The objective of the NSA is to be a silent intelligence gathering sensor for the US Govt. Although, the most unusual thing about them is that they don't share the raw intelligence data they've gathered with FBI or CIA; only the stuff they've processed. (Raw data is important because you can better interpret the context of the situation).

The scariest thing about the NSA is that you don't know they're there! They hack into systems not to disrupt or disable, but to spy.

The US Military's Cyber Command is the offensive/defensive arm of the country. That particular branch of the military consists of computer specialists from the USAF, US Army, and US Navy. They treat releasing a virus like dropping a nuclear weapon. ie: It must be authorized by the President of the United States.

Of course, all this wouldn't be so bad if the NSA required warrants to monitor people.

Unfortunately, the Bush Administration made the necessary "adjustments" in the law by allowing "warrantless surveillance". Before 9/11, the NSA had to get warrants to start tapping a suspect within the US...Now they don't. Its a free-for-all.

The current Obama Administration continues the same stance as the Bush one. So it appears warrantless surveillance is here to stay; regardless if the people of the US like it or not.

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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