Let me begin with cyber threats to our national security. Much like every other multi-national organization, they are using the Internet to grow their business and to connect with like-minded individuals.
If only every case could be solved so easily, and in less than 30 minutes. It also illustrates the power of innovative thinking and fast action—the very tools we need to stop those who have hijacked cyber space for their own ends.
Technology is moving so rapidly that from a security perspective, it is difficult to keep up. Attorney here in 2000, we worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to track down a Canadian teenager known as “Mafiaboy.” He was responsible for the largest denial of service attack at that time.
Consider the evolution of cyber crime in just the past decade. He targeted e Bay, Yahoo, E*Trade, Global Crossing, and CNN, just to see if he could shut them down…and he could and did.
When he was finally caught, the 15-year-old was reportedly at a sleepover at a friend’s house, eating junk food and watching “Goodfellas.” He said at the time that he did not understand the consequences of his actions. Traditional crime—from mortgage and health care fraud to child exploitation—has migrated online.
Terrorists use the Internet as a recruiting tool, a moneymaker, a training ground, and a virtual town square, all in one.
At the same time, we confront hacktivists, organized criminal syndicates, hostile foreign nations that seek our state secrets and our trade secrets, and mercenaries willing to hack for the right price.
And we have seen firsthand what happens when countries launch cyber attacks against other nations as a means of exerting power and control.
Today we will discuss what we in the FBI view as the most dangerous cyber threats, what we are doing to confront these threats, and why it is imperative that we work together to protect our intellectual property, our infrastructure, and our economy.
I am indeed honored to be here, and gratified to be back in San Francisco.