FBI Expands Cybercrime Division

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 11:34am

By J. Nicholas Hoover

Courtesy of DARPA The Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH) program aims to develop computers that, in the wake of a cyber attack, can "continue rendering useful services, learn from previous attacks how to guard against, and cope with future attacks." In fact, the program goes a step further in its pursuit of computers that can repair themselves after attacks have succeeded. Courtesy of DARPA

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is adding resources, building new tools, increasing hiring and expanding collaboration with local groups as part of its Next Generation Cyber Initiative, an effort to overhaul the FBI's Cyber Division, the agency has announced.

The FBI has long been a force in combating cybercrime. In the last year alone, the agency has busted dozens involved in the online trafficking of credit card and bank account data, arrested key members of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups, broken up a sophisticated gang of online bank fraudsters, taken down a small-town mayor for hacking a website calling for his recall and worked closely with international officials to disrupt a botnet that had stolen $14 million.

However, the FBI still wants to get better, especially in its ability to attribute attacks to the hackers behind them. Attribution of cybercrime has long been the bane of law enforcement due to the nature of the Internet and the ability of hackers to spoof their IP addresses and rely heavily on proxies. As the adage says, on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

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Source: Information Week


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