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Technology advances bring a number of benefits. However, there are a vast amount of risks that come with it as well, and even the FBI is having a tough time tackling the problem, according The Wall Street Journal.

The top cyber cop, Shawn Henry, recently reported that the war on computer hackers is not going well, as these criminals are too smart and talented. Furthermore, the FBI doesn’t have enough practices in place to stop them from hacking into certain systems. Henry, who is leaving the FBI for another cyber security job in Washington, believes a great deal needs to change to ensure that national security and the economy are not affected, according to the Journal.

Henry added that it isn’t just the big corporations that have been affected, but even the small start-ups. It may be important for companies to install computer monitoring software to ensure their information and data is not being leaked, the media outlet reports.

“I don’t see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security,” Henry told the news source.

In addition, he admitted that the FBI has been playing the defense for quite some time, and there needs to be some efforts made to ensure the hacker’s offense does not overcome the defense the U.S. has put in place, the news outlet reports.

It isn’t just the U.S. that is trying to combat this growing issue. According to PC Advisor, the EU recently passed a new proposal that would require all European countries to have the same penalties for hackers, including a two-year jail sentence if found guilty.

“In an effort to combat cyberattacks, security researchers and ethical hackers are continuously seeking these [hacking] tools to demonstrate weaknesses within an organisation’s network and as a way to reverse engineer solutions to combat hacks. The spotlight should be on the crimes committed with the hacking tools rather the tools themselves,” Andrew Miller, CEO of the security company Corero Network Security, told the news source.