FBI Director: “The Cyber Threat Will Equal or Surpass the Threat From Counter Terrorism”

Today, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he believes “the cyber threat will equal or surpass the threat from counter terrorism in the foreseeable future.”


He elaborated on the breadth of the threat, saying “there is very little we do in this day and age that is not on or somehow associated with the internet. The theft of intellectual property, the theft of research and development, the theft of the plans and programs of a corporation for the future, of all which are vulnerable to being exploited by attackers.”

On Tuesday, Mueller testified at the Senate Select Intelligence committee’s hearing on worldwide threats. He had similar warnings about cyber security, and elaborated on three ways the FBI and intelligence agencies need to address the concern.

He said that within the FBI, they have to change their organizational structure “in the same way we changed to address terrorism.”



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