Mueller: Terrorists have eye on cyberattacks in U.S.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Wednesday that terrorists may seek to train their own recruits or hire outsiders with an eye toward pursuing cyberattacks on the United States.
“Terrorists have not used the Internet to launch a full-scale cyberattack, but we cannot underestimate their intent,” Mr. Mueller said in prepared testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee. He said terrorists have shown interest in developing hacking skills and that the evolving nature of the problem makes the FBI’S counterterrorism mission more difficult.
Under questioning by Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia, Mr. Mueller said he would support increasing the criminal penalties for computer hacking in the context of economic espionage as the U.S. seeks to protect sensitive information.
“Our companies are targeted for insider information, and our universities and national laboratories are targeted for their research and development,” the FBI director told the congressional panel.
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