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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP LIEU CALLS FOR BRIEFING ON FBI HACKING NOTIFICATION PRACTICES

November 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting that he brief Congress on the FBI’s notification policy regarding cyberattacks against current and former U.S. government officials. The letter follows reports that the FBI, despite knowing about the threat, did not notify potential U.S. targets that their personal Gmail accounts could be vulnerable to Russian hacking.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

“As a computer science major and Member on the House Judiciary Committee, I have been deeply concerned about the breadth and complexity of the cybersecurity threats facing our nation.  These threats often outpace our ability to track them, let alone combat them.  However, given the FBI’s mission of protecting the United States from the malign efforts of “foreign intelligence and espionage” and “cyber-based attacks," the FBI’s response to this advanced persistent threat appears to have been deficient and demands further attention.

Failing to notify current or former U.S. officials of known cyber attacks hampers their ability to assess and mitigate damage.  Threat actors can often glean useful data from private email accounts that is then used to conduct further attacks."

READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER HERE

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