ISIS Social Media FBI’s ‘Biggest Threat’

FBI Director James Comey says the ISIS strategy of recruiting followers and fighters through social media is “the biggest threat, the most urgent threat” that the bureau faces today. The nation’s top cop told an audience at the Georgetown’s Cybersecurity Law Institute that the challenge from ISIS dovetails with other cyberthreats that the FBI is fighting, including attacks from foreign governments, cybertheft, and espionage. Comey said the FBI is sending more agents and investigators around the world to gather evidence for criminal cases, “so we can lock people up. Where we can’t lock people up, we’re trying to name and shame.” The Obama administration has been more public in the past year about calling out hackers in China and Russia, including those working for their respective governments.

— Shane Harris