FBI organizes defense against cyber-attacks

The FBI quietly established last summer a task force involving U.S. intelligence and other agencies to identify and respond to cyberthreats against the United States.

Called the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, the group has "several dozen" personnel working together at an undisclosed location in the Washington area, said Shawn Henry, the FBI's deputy assistant director of its cyberdivision.

The FBI's justification for next year's budget, in which it has requested an additional 70 agents and more than 100 support personnel for its cyberdivision, says the task force "seeks to address cyber-intrusions presenting a national security threat."




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