The tech headlines since September have included how the FBI is so incompetent that it can’t investigate Cyber crime. Many articles have even insisted that they have lied about how they investigated certain cyber crimes. Some online are saying the Silk Road 1 arrest of Ross Ulbricht, whose trial starts this week, could not have happened without a grand conspiracy with the CIA. The investigation of the attack on Sony did not happen the way the FBI said because, well, apparently they are too slow to know how it was done The tech headlines since September have concluded the FBI is incompetent and can’t investigate cyber crime properly. The “FBI Lied About How it Obtained Silk Road Server Location Says Security Expert” and “The FBI May Have Made An Embarrassing Mistake While Investigating The Sony Hack” or “Some Experts Still Aren’t Convinced That North Korea Hacked Sony”
I guess the FBI’s work and arrest of Blake Benthall during the Silk Road 2 investigation was not real nor was the malware arrest under operation Blackshades. What I think is happening to the FBI is a broader reactionary response to law enforcement by some. The current tech industry attitude being espoused concerning the FBI is a similar distrustful reaction that some are having towards U.S. law enforcement in general after the recent police shootings.
In the Tech industry it appears that every so called “Cyber Security” firm that wants its fifteen minutes of fame has come out saying the FBI is wrong. At this point, the problem is no one outside of these investigations has any idea what the evidence is or is not in these cases. Sony brought in Mandiant to assist in their investigation. Even Kevin Mandia, CEO of Mandiant, in a letter to Sony’s Michael Lynton states that the attack was unprecedented.
Now this certainly does not say that the attack was done as the FBI claim by the North Koreans, but it certainly does support the fact that there is much we have yet to understand about the case.
I understand the FBI’s position and that external criticism is part of law enforcement. What I do not understand is the huge amount of discord without knowing the facts. Okay, maybe the FBI is wrong, but the only people that know the facts are the FBI, the victims and the perpetrators. External analysis is always good in a free society, but let us be careful when we call the ones we enlist to help us liars without the benefit of all the facts.