FBI aware of at least 60 state-sponsored cyberthreat groups

The FBI is aware of at least 60 cyberthreat groups tied to state operators.

Published Tue, Feb 24 2015 5:13 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

The FBI is aware of at least 60 cybercriminal groups with state-sponsored support, according to Joseph Demarest, senior bureau chief and head of the FBI cybercrime division.

FBI aware of at least 60 state-sponsored cyberthreat groups | TweakTown.com

Demarest also said the FBI was able to trace the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack was tied to North Korea within one month - showing that the unstable country has increasingly sophisticated cyberattack capabilities. State-sponsored cyberespionage is a booming business, with the FBI and other departments suspecting China, Russia, Iran, and other countries of relying on hackers.

In addition, the FBI announced a $3 million reward for the arrest or conviction of Evgeniy Bogachev, operator of GameOver Zeus. The bounty is the largest offered for a cybercriminal, and the Russian has been charged with computer hacking, conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering - and faces a federal charge of bank fraud conspiracy.

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