China has 50 hackers for every one of the FBI’s cyber-centric agents, the Bureau’s director told a congressional committee last week.
Speaking at the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, director Christopher Wray tried to justify the Bureau’s budget request by outlining the threats it is trying to counter.
“A key part of the Chinese government’s multi-pronged strategy to lie, to cheat, and to steal their way to surpassing us as the global superpower is cyber,” Wray claimed. “The scale of the Chinese cyber threat is unparalleled. They’ve got a bigger hacking program than every other major nation combined and have stolen more of our personal and corporate data than all other nations big or small combined.”
“To give you a sense of what we’re up against: If each one of the FBI’s cyber agents and intel analysts focused exclusively on the China threat – on nothing but China – Chinese hackers would still outnumber FBI cyber personnel by at least 50 to 1.”