FBI Director: ‘Lot Of Parallels’ Between Ransomware Attacks And 9/11 Terrorism

FBI Director: ‘Lot Of Parallels’ Between Ransomware Attacks And 9/11 Terrorism


FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the complexity of the threat facing the U.S. through cyberattacks is comparable to the threat from terrorism two decades ago.

Wray compared recent ransomware attacks to 9/11 during an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He did not compare the severity of the cyberattacks to 9/11 in which 3,000 Americans died, but said that each threat is similarly difficult to combat and prevent.

“There are a lot of parallels, there’s a lot of importance, and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention,” Wray told the Journal in a Thursday interview. “There’s a shared responsibility, not just across government agencies but across the private sector and even the average American.”

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Last week, hackers shut down the JBS S.A., a Brazilian company and the largest meat processor in the world. The cyberattack temporarily shut down about 20% of meat processing facilities in the United States.

The Biden administration said Tuesday that the attack likely originated from

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