A private cybersecurity firm has identified what it says is a hacking group sponsored by the Iranian government that has targeted organizations in the U.S., the Middle East and Asia. USA TODAY
On Sept. 27, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that cyberterrorists have become more sophisticated. “In the cyber arena the threats are not only increasing in scope and scale, they’re also becoming increasingly difficult to investigate,” he said. “Cybercriminals have increased their sophistication of their schemes, which are now harder to detect and more resilient. What was once a comparingly minor threat — somebody hacking for fun and bragging rights and trying to prove a point, you know just so he could do it — has now turned full-blown nation-state manipulation and a multi-million dollar business.”
Here we have one of our nation’s top security experts expressing his concern for the level of difficulty it is to track down cybercriminals and an attack can happen at any moment and can go undetected for days, weeks, months, and in some cases, years. The solution is to put more spending into cybersecurity. The United States needs to have a strong cyber-defense network and they need the budget to hire the best of the best. With the technology we have today there is no reason that the United States cannot locate and identify a cyberterrorist, whether it is a domestic or foreign cyberattack.
In his 2018 budget proposal, President Donald Trump wants to give a $61 million increase to the FBI and Justice Department to improve tracking of terrorist communications and to combat cybercriminals. For 2017, President Obama had asked for a total of $19 billion for cyberdefense.
Let’s not let our common sense go undetected and make ourselves vulnerable to cybercriminals. Keep increasing the budget for cybersecurity and end the threat that can hurt the generation that relies on technology every day.
— Luke Leon, Pella