It may have taken the federal government longer than cybersecurity experts would have liked, but the FBI is increasingly working with private sector companies to identify cyberattacks. Recently, the FBI issued a warning about cyberattackers using malware to breach companies, such as the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment attack.
The FBI has become more proactive in its efforts to warn companies and critical infrastructure of potential cyberattacks. "The FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations," said Joshua Campbell, FBI spokesman. "This data is provided in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals."
These types of "destructive" cyberattacks have been launched against companies in the Middle East and Asia - and it would appear the United States is next on the target list, the FBI warns.
"I believe the coordinated cyberattack with destructive payloads against a corporation in the US represents a watershed event," said Tom Kellermann, Trend Micro chief cybersecurity officer. "Geopolitics now serve as harbingers for destructive cyberattacks."