WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) spoke with the FBI on Wednesday about the increase of cyber threats in Montana in the wake of those that shut down 30 Flathead area schools for three days.
Sen. Daines spoke with FBI director Chris Wray about how we can be more proactive in preventing these attacks, and in the event they do happen, how can those responsible be brought to justice.
Director Wray couldn't comment specifically on the Flathead area incident but did say the bureau is aware of increased cyber threats, and investigators will continue to be diligent when investigating these crimes.
"I could not agree more that this concept of ransomware, cyber terrorism, the various variants of it that are hitting, and I think the example in your state illustrates that it's everywhere now," Wray said. "It's no longer just ransomware to you know, a big Fortune 500 company. It's hospitals, it's its schools in your case – so it's a threat that is growing."
Director Wray also says they believe some of the same organizations responsible for similar attacks are targeting victims in other countries as well.