Comment from my evil twin:
Make IT security self funding: ransomeware businesses of value to wealthy and powerful people in China.
China has 50 hackers for every one of the FBI's cyber-centric agents, the Bureau's director told a congressional committee last week. Speaking at the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, director Christopher Wray tried to justify the Bureau's budget request by …
Its recognised because of it's cost to the Germans (and others)..
The US don't seem to have that history...yet..
I mean wasn't too long ago, they were (and still are) trying to put a meglomaniac back in charge and his idolators blindly gobble up the propaganda...
@Jou (Mxyzptlk) : agreed. I noted that part for example:
The scale of the Chinese cyber threat is unparalleled. They've got a bigger hacking program than every other major nation combined
In Europe we can read a variant of that:
"The scale of the US
cyber military threat is unparalleled. They've got a bigger hacking program military budget than every other major nation combined "
Wray said the Bureau blocks over 15 million unauthorized connection attempts each week.
I get that the FBI probably is legitimately under-funded given the threat, but c'mon, bots banging away on your firewalls' telnet and SSH ports testing common usernames isn't really justification for more new hires, it's just the price of being a relatively high-profile target for script kiddies. Hell, your honeypots should be happy for the attention.
Yeah, "we see a lot of SYNs" is a mighty feeble excuse for asking for more funding. Who doesn't?
Similarly, the New Yellow Peril argument isn't terribly persuasive. Oh, there are allegedly 50x as many Chinese "hackers" as there are FBI "cyber agents"? What, does China have a large educated population or something? Who would have thought?
We'll just have to make the FBI agents pair-type, NCIS-style. Or, perhaps, come up with reasonable requests for resources backed by real arguments, not the pulling of hair and rending of garments. And maybe lay off the War On Privacy while they're at it.
Different departments though, aren't they!
Can't use money for the NSA for the FBI, unless someone at the top shifts it over.
And to be fair, the FBI guy is right about China stealing secured stuff, secrets, and even sending (well funded) PhD candidates out into the world.
"And don't anyone dare try to tell me that American spying is good"
Why? It simply is. These comment threads are infested with the ignorant, the stupid and propaganda agents of the CCP.
The free West is under threat from regimes that exert iron grips on their populations. The rebellious teens (either physically or mentally) of the West have absolutely zero comprehension of what a truly authoritarian regime looks like. The intelligence services of the West have no where near the power of those of the near and far East. If they did then you simply wouldn't be commenting here. Criticism of the authorities would be removed, you'd be jailed and "re-educated".
Only fools believe that there is any comparison between the regimes of the east and those of the west. Yes, our countries spy on others, even allies, to protect our interests. No, you are not oppressed or subject to control and surveilance to anywhere near the degree that the populations of countries such as China or Russia are.
The FBI has a terrible reputation in the US, Election fraud, protecting pedophiles. I fully expect most of the people in the FBI are hard working patriots, but the ones that arn't drag the entire org to its lowest behavior. FBI needs to be disbanded and replaced with something less,,,,,,, criminal. As if that could happen,,,,,
Election fraud, dam right. Anyone that commits it should be exposed and punished, no matter party affiliation or not. FBI has a strong history of an abusive power, and I've always called them out - so you calling me a hypocrite is the same as calling me a cup of tea, doesn't make it so.
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And COINTELPRO never happened, apparently. Trust your G-man implicitly!
Like any other large, bureaucratic institution, the FBI is made up of people, with widely varying beliefs, ethics, and practices. Like any organization tasked with policing or surveillance, it is faced with myriad temptations to expand its power and violate whatever constraints are placed on it; and like any such organization, it has been known to yield to that temptation. Facile generalizations about its beneficence or mendacity don't hold up to any scrutiny. That doesn't mean there isn't quite a lot of room for improvement; neither does it mean that simply getting rid of the thing, and either replacing it wholesale or not replacing it at all, would result in a better world.
Complicated problems rarely have simple solutions.
Yes. While I don't partake myself,1 the enormous wastefulness and injustice of the Federal government's War on Drugs, and particularly against marijuana, has cost the US tremendously. It's a patently failed policy that needs to be terminated completely.
1I worry it will interfere with my being a sanctimonious know-it-all.
the Bureau is taking significant steps to ensure it complies with regulations governing the use of Section 702
Interesting choice of words - it seems to imply the FBI is aware it is not even compliant with the regulations of FISA (which gives them powers that many think they should not have).