FBI plans cyber crime crackdown, arrests coming in weeks | Reuters

Robert Anderson, FBI Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, speaks during the third day of Reuters CyberSecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Robert Anderson, FBI Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, speaks during the third day of Reuters CyberSecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS

(Reuters) – The FBI is getting more aggressive in pursuing cyber criminals and expects to announce searches, indictments and multiple arrests over the next several weeks, the agency’s official in charge of combating cyber crime said on Wednesday.

 

„There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack Americans, we are going to hold you accountable,“ the FBI’s Robert Anderson told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington. „If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch you.“

 

Anderson said the FBI would show „a much more offensive side“ to its cyber program, which he took over in March.

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