Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies earlier than a Senate Intelligence Committee listening to on “worldwide threats,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 8, 2023.
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U.S. cyber intelligence employees is vastly outnumbered by Chinese hackers, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray advised Congress as he pleaded for more cash for the company.
“To give you a sense of what we’re up against, if each one of the FBI’s cyber agents and intel analysts focused exclusively on the China threat, Chinese hackers would still outnumber FBI Cyber personnel by at least 50 to 1,” Wray stated in ready remarks for a finances listening to earlier than a House Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday.
The disclosure highlights the large scale of cyber threats the U.S. is going through, notably from China. Wray stated the nation has “a bigger hacking program than every other major nation combined and have stolen more of our personal and corporate data than all other nations—big or small—combined.”
Even so, Wray stated international locations like Russia, Iran and North Korea additionally pose important cybersecurity considerations, on prime of non-state felony actors. The FBI is at present investigating greater than 100 “ransomware variants” with “scores of victims” for every.
The company is requesting about $63 million to assist it beef up its cyber employees with 192 new positions. Wray stated this may additionally assist the FBI put extra cyber employees in area places of work to be nearer to the place victims of cyber crimes truly are.
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