The FBI's top man, Robert S. Mueller III, tackles the Internet age. The web has changed the way we learn, work and communicate. But with that convenience we have compromised our security, and widespread use has also left us vulnerable to attack from hostile foreign powers, hackers, spies - and even terrorists.
There are many adversaries who seek our protected information, and countless criminals use the web to harm consumers, corporations and private citizens. Mueller will discuss cyber threats to our national security and what the FBI is doing to meet these diverse dangers.
Robert S. Mueller III
Robert Mueller is the current Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush and became the sixth Director of the FBI on September 4, 2001.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III recounts a notorious virtual bank heist by a group of savvy cyber criminals. Law enforcement officials face numerous challenges apprehending the criminals because the heist was pulled off using only "computers and fiber optic cables as weapons."
Largest investigative agency of the U.S. government. It was founded in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation within the U.S. Justice Department. J. Edgar Hoover served as its director from 1924 until his death in 1972. Since 1968 the director, who reports to the attorney general, has been appointed by the president for a 10-year term, subject to Senate approval. The FBI employs more than 10,000 special agents. Its responsibilities include investigating violations of federal criminal law (including in the areas of civil rights and organized crime), collecting evidence in civil cases to which the U.S. is a party, and providing internal security.
Mr Mueller could not be more truthful in his warnings about cyber attacks on our home computers and the possible attacks of our utility, national defense, industry and banking grids. Many of out power grids are controlled by internet or smart controller as well as our water facilities and even our electronic highway signs that could be hacked into for what ever purpose the hackers might have in mind, be they international terrorist group, religious group or just a group that are doing it as a challenge.
If you have any doubt as to the vulnerability of your computer just run a free virus scan, which there are on the net in abundance. No doubt you will get over a hundred trackers, Trojan Horses and such.
Most of these are not harmful to your computer but the point is that if the web sites you visit can place these in your computer then so can those with other intents. I sometime help others install their computer systems or fix their computer problems and I am often surprised to found that they have not installed firewalls or anti-virus protection, in which one can find pretty good free ones on the net.
Of course if you really want to get a good example of how viruses can effect your system just spend a evening surfing some porn sites, I don't recommend it.
The latest sites that have misleading invites and quarries for information are the job sites, since the recession has drawn more people to them. Many of them want your name, cell and land line phone number, your friends names, cell and land line phone numbers and their addresses. It's easy to see how one could be duped into giving this information. of course you'll be getting spam from all sorts of online universities.
He is also correct in his account of fake messages from what seems like correspondence from legitimate business but are in fact phishing tactics. In short the net is a lawless area in which all can be vulnerable and especially new people and for god sake supervise your mother when you set her up with a computer, she has no idea what she is getting into.