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FBI Chief Calls for United Fight Against Cybercrime

James Comey stresses the need to address encryption challenges faced by law enforcement.

Describing cyber threats as “too fast, too big and too widespread for any of us to address them alone,” FBI director James Comey has called on a united fight against them urging for strong private and public sector partnerships. He was speaking at the inaugural Boston Conference on Cyber Security hosted by the FBI and Boston’s College’s Cybersecurity Policy and Governance master’s degree program.

Highlighting the measures taken by the FBI to counter this scourge, Comey talked about the “stack of bad actors” involved in cybercrimes including nation-state, cyber groups, insiders and even terrorists to some extent.

“They (terrorists) have not yet turned to using the Internet as a tool of destruction,” he explained, “in a way that logic tells us certainly will come in the future.”

The FBI chief spoke of the challenges faced by law enforcement owing to strong encryption and the "Going Dark" issue and stressed the need for a continuous dialogue on the subject.

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