FBI head: Cyber crime posing 'enormous challenge'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement faces an "enormous challenge" in preventing state-sponsored cyber crimes, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday, days after the Justice Department announced charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets.

"There are two kinds of big companies in the United States: those who've been hacked by the Chinese and those who don't yet know that they've been hacked by the Chinese," Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Justice Department on Monday announced a 31-count indictment against Chinese hackers accused of penetrating computer networks of big-name steel companies and makers of solar and nuclear technology to gain a competitive advantage. China denies the allegations.

Comey said the increased focus on cybersecurity has heightened his agency's demand for new, tech-savvy experts.

Describing efforts to beef up the FBI workforce on the cyber front, Comey was quoted this week as saying at a conference in New York that "some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview."

Questioned about the remark Wednesday, he said he has no intention of changing current hiring policy that disqualifies applicants if they've used marijuana in the last three years.