Official: International hackers going after U.S. networks: 140 of 194 is…72% of the world, trying to hack our government. Nice.
About 140 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to hack into the computer networks of the U.S. government and U.S. companies, a top counterintelligence official said.
The nation’s electronic systems are too easy to hack, and the number of world-class hackers is “multiplying at bewildering speed,” he said at a symposium on cyber security Friday.
That, he said, has transformed the nature of counterintelligence: “If you can exfiltrate massive amounts of information electronically from the comfort of your own office on another continent, why incur the expense and risk of running a traditional espionage operation?”