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Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimate that "_searches, indictments and multiple arrests_" will occur "_over the next several weeks_" as a result of the organization's aggressive battle against cybercriminals, according to an article recently published by Reuters. This type of response is expected as we see a significant increase in criminal activity in our online world and repeated reports of cyber attacks against our businesses, organizations, and individuals.
The FBI's Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Robert Anderson was quoted in the article saying, "There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack Americans, we are going to hold you accountable. If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch you._" He commented in the article that philosophy like this would begin to display "_a much more offensive side_" to the FBI's cybercrime program, which he started to lead in March of this year. Anderson feels, according to information in the article, that a more significant number of cybercriminals will be "_arrested under his watch, rather than turned into sources of knowledge about how the underground operates."
Anderson's mention regarding the "unreported indictment_" of Russian national Dimitry Belorossov – arrested after "_running a botnet that attacked some 7,000 Americans_" – shows the "_recent success in the agency's battle against cyber crime\," according to the_ article. Anderson's commented that the Belorossov case "_was relatively small compared to some that are in the FBI's pipeline." Still, his arrest prompted the Russian government to release a warning to their citizens "_to be careful traveling to countries having extradition treaties with the United States\, "according to the_ article. Anderson was also quoted in the article to say,"_There's a lot of countries that will not extradite. That will not stop us from pressing forward and charging those individuals and making it public."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / May 16, 2014