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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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By TheOldCodeToad on 12/12/2009 6:04:56 AM , Rating: 2
I don't disagree with you about that. There is no room for excuses, especially in light of new powers and elimination, at least in theory, of silos between agencies.

I've had the pleasure of knowing and working in a limited way with some of the kinds of folks doing that kind of work. From that very narrow view my sense was those individuals seemed solid and on-the-ball.

And for the issue I raised, the only comfort I can take is that those few people seemed to be the kinds of folks who would deal straight-up with a questionable order and generally behave with some restraint while trying to do the right thing.

It sounds like you've been around as I have. We both know it comes down to individuals and how the choose to act at the moment.

On the Hasan thing, I think I remember hearing about a woman at that warm and fuzzy little agency in Virginia who was so concerned in the summer before 9/11 about inaction on the by-then well circulated file that she went all the way to her IG, only to be told to shut up and go back to her cubicle. She should have gotten a Star on that agency's wall and the damned IG should have been reassigned to a radio picket in Alaska. Kidding aside, I'm just using that to point out the obvious, that it always comes down to individuals, their sense of what's right, and having the guts to do act rather than worry only about career.

It's up to us to take 'em on, as you have when they don't do the job (naturally, that is when we know about it), or at least keep the issue out there by talking about it. My story about the regional US Attorney's speech... half of the people in a 500 seat dinner were attorneys, the other half business folks, and nobody took the guy on for essentially saying "the old American way of life is over, don't worry, trust us, shut up and stay out of the way or else!" Who's going to take on a guy like that in public? Well, at this moment I feel guilty that I said nothing. ((PS, before you think I'm some wild assed liberal, the reverse is true. It's just that I was awake for my American history courses.))

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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