Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FBI Director Discusses Cyber Threats to National Security

FBI Director Robert Mueller recently gave a speech discussing what the FBI considers the top cyber threats to national security.

These included:
  • Cyber terrorism - Director Mueller acknowledged that terror groups have not performed cyber attacks but heavily rely on the Internet for communication, planning and recruiting.
  • The Estonia cyber attacks
  • Botnets and their potential for offensive attacks
  • Economic and counterintelligence intrusions
Director Mueller also stressed the need for international cooperation:
"But we cannot limit our operations to the United States. Increasingly, cyber threats originate outside of our borders. And as more people around the world gain access to computer technology, new dangers will surface. For this reason, global cooperation is vital."
A full transcript of the speech is available at:

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