Sony and the FBI’s Cyber Threat Strategy
January 8, 2015
FBI Director James Comey reveals new information about the Sony investigation and why it’s an example of how the Bureau’s strategy for mitigating the cyber threat is working.
Mollie Halpern: FBI Director James Comey reveals new information about the Sony investigation and why it’s an example of how the Bureau’s strategy for mitigating the cyber threat is working. The FBI’s five-point strategy—which Comey outlined at the annual International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University—includes imposing consequences on cyber criminals. Comey is highly confident North Korea is behind the Sony hack and says the country got sloppy when sending threatening e-mails to Sony employees.
FBI Director James Comey: We could see that the IP addresses that were being used to post and to send the e-mails were coming from IPs that were exclusively used by the North Koreans.
Halpern: Strengthening partnerships between the Bureau and the private sector is also part of the FBI’s cyber strategy.
Comey: Sony did the right thing here. The moment they knew they had this problem, they reached out to the FBI and have been a great partner ever since in trying to unwind it, understand the nature and scope of the attack, and identify the perpetrators.
Halpern: The cyber strategy also includes training local law enforcement, sharing information, and focusing resources. From FBI Headquarters, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau with FBI, This Week.
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