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FBI Director: Terror Groups Looking to Cyber Capabilities

“Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said Wednesday that terrorist groups had begun discussing ways to hit Americans with a cyberattack, though he said plotting appeared to be in early stages,” The Wall Street Journal reports.  

“Mr. Comey didn’t divulge what sort of cyberattack terrorist groups could be trying to design. U.S. officials have spent years trying to protect things like water-treatment plants, electrical grids, and the banking system from debilitating cyberattacks, but they remain wary because criminal gangs and sophisticated nation-state hackers have proven adept at breaking through networks.”  

“Mr. Comey made clear that cyberattacks remained a major focus for the FBI, both in monitoring hacks against companies and investigating attacks against U.S. government agencies.”