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FBI Lacks Experience in Cyber Crime

FBI Lacks Experience in Cyber Crime

A recent study by the U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General has concluded that many FBI agents lack expertise to investigate Cyber Crime cases they are assigned to. In addition, the FBI failed to share national security information or intelligence with other agencies as it was supposed to, even with agencies that shared information with the FBI, including on Cyber Crimes such as hacking into government computers or foreign companies stealing trade secrets from U.s. companies by hacking. The 9/11 Commission specifically faulted various government agencies for not sharing intelligence amongst themselves. Obviously, the problem has not been solved, even almost 10 years after the 9/11 Terrorist bombings of 2001.

The DOJ Inspector General’s report interviewed dozens of FBI agents in 10 field offices across the country. The IG’s audit concluded that the FBI’s policy of rotating agents through different assignment was hindering national security. The rotation of FBI agents resulted in hindering the ability to investigate national security Cyber Crimes like computer intrusions or computer break-ins.

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