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The FBI crops up frequently in cybernews these days, but this time, the story isn’t about heated disputes over smartphones or Russia. Ok… it’s a little bit about Russia.

On Tuesday, President Obama signed a presidential directive officially putting the FBI in charge of responding to any and all cyberthreats. This directive gives the federal government a far more active role in the preventing and investigating of U.S.-based network attacks. Lisa Monaco, Obama’s homeland security adviser, said that the move was spurred by the uncertainty of who the culprits are behind such attacks – terrorists, other countries or just good old cybercriminals.

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“This directive establishes a clear framework to coordinate the government’s response to such incidents,” Monaco said on Tuesday at a

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