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FBI Says Cyber Crime is Their Number One Fight

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  February 20, 2014

A recent article published by CBS News in Chicago indicates that cyber-crime has become the "number one fight\" of United States government law enforcement agencies and taking a leadership position over its arch-enemy – _terrorism_. The cyber-crime fighting "_business_" costs "_billions of dollars a year_" since the main enemy "_targets everyone from big banks to big brother, to you, "according to comments from Brad Edwards, the author of the report.

In the article, Edwards speaks with Chicago-based FBI agent Tim Hearl and examines the facts related to this accelerating issue and, as the report states, "exposes the risks you may not even realize you face." Admitting that "it's a catch-up game to catch cybercriminals," the report quotes Hearl to say, "_The bad guys will always be a half a step ahead. The cyber-threat will overtake and be our number one priority moving forward." He continues by saying in the report that the worst threats are "Zero-day attacks." He notes in the article that for most organizations, "it will take months before they realize there's been a compromise to their system."

The article outlines the recent epidemic of retail attacks, financial organization breaches – which include "253 financial institutions hacked with untold amounts of money gone\" and personal attacks on the consumer – _people just like you_. The report does not forget to mention Romanian hacker Guccifer who was "arrested for breaking into e-mail accounts of Obama administration officials.\" Hearl reportedly adds in the_ article that "_tens of thousands of attempted cyber-attacks happen every day\" which includes attacks "_against our infrastructure, water systems, electrical grids, telecommunication, and banking_." The article states that because of these ongoing issues, threats, and breaches, federal law enforcement is "_devoting more money and resources to fight cyber threats._"

Read more about this ongoing concern and read what tips the FBI has for all potential victims of cyber-crime in the full article at CBS News Chicago.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 20, 2014