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28.11.2017

FBI didn’t notify US officials about cyber attacks

FBI for unknown reasons hid from many Americans, including politicians, the military and government employees, that they suffered hacker attacks by a group called Fancy Bear (presumably linked to Russian intelligence). This information was reported by the Associated Press, which conducted an investigation.  Associated Press employees found out that the FBI could have had information on cyber attacks for about a year; however, it chose not to inform the majority of Americans, who were targeted in the attacks.

Associated Press journalists interviewed 80 people who the Fancy Bear had attacked. As it turned out, the FBI agents informed only two of them about the threat. Moreover, many of the respondents found out about the attacks during the interview. Associated Press respondents were divided on the issue. Some of them are certain that the FBI was obliged to inform about the hacker attacks. Others believe that there might have been serious reasons not to disclose this information. “Perhaps optimistically, I have to conclude that a risk analysis was done and I was not considered a high enough risk to justify making contact”, believes retired General Norton Schwartz. (Schwartz was the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; however, he resigned in 2012 and suffered Fancy Bear’s attacks only in 2015).

The FBI declined to give a comment on the Associated Press’ publication by saying that the Bureau “routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information and will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners to keep the public informed of potential threats.”


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FBI didn’t notify US officials about cyber attacks