US Senate Committee Evaluates US Cyber Threat Response Efforts

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By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch

Advanced cyber espionage tools are readily available for use by foreign governments and organised criminal groups to coordinate cyber attacks on US computer networks, a United States law enforcement official said today in a prepared statement to a congressional panel.

The US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing today to examine how the government and private sector are responding to cyber threats.

“Dozens of countries have sophisticated cyber espionage capabilities, and these foreign cyber spies have become increasingly adept at exploiting weaknesses in our computer networks,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division Assistant Director Joseph Demarest said in his prepared testimony for the hearing. “Once inside, they can exfiltrate government and military secrets, as well as valuable intellectual property – information that can improve the competitive advantage of state-owned entities and foreign companies.”

Continued partnerships with law enforcement and cyber specialists overseas, as well as improvements in abilities to track IP addresses back to their source, have allowed the FBI to make significant strides in addressing cyber threats, Demarest said.

Demarest’s full prepared testimony can be found here.

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