US government agencies, think tanks and political groups should expect an increase in cyber espionage as countries like Iran try to grasp changing foreign and military policies under the new Trump administration, according to an executive with cybersecurity company FireEye Inc.
Nations regularly spy on one another but with President Donald Trump espousing unconventional approaches to foreign policy, there is an heightened urgency to know what shifts may occur, according to John Hultquist, FireEye’s manager of cyber espionage analysis.
“We can anticipate worldwide a surge in cyber espionage because of the changing administration, because of America’s rapidly changing foreign policy, military policy, diplomatic policy,” Hultquist said in an interview in San Francisco. “We have created a lot of uncertainty that foreign countries or foreign adversaries are going to try to unravel with these tools.”
Organizations under threat include the State Department, political parties and research institutes that provide insights on