James Comey cancels SXSW appearance

Chelsea Massachusetts. Director Comey was in to mark the opening of new offices for the Boston FBI division

Comey made the comment at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity, saying he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, Politico reported.

Comey vowed to finish his term and identified Russian Federation as one of the top cybersecurity threats facing the United States while avoiding any mention of election hacking during his first extended remarks since President Trump claimed former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. I don't know if we can stay ahead of them.

FBI Director James Comey, middle, smiles after a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Chelsea, Mass., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to mark the opening of new offices of the FBI's Boston division.

After Trump's explosive accusation Saturday - for which the White House has still not provided any evidence - Comey privately asked the Justice Department to dispute the allegation.

FBI Director James Comey is not coming to SXSW after all. "This isn't the 'FBI versus Apple, '" he said.

"We are dogged people", he said.

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Leaks from somewhere within the US government are continuing, and so far it appears Comey has no intention of looking into where they're coming from, which many believe is his job, so who, if anyone, can hold him accountable? Comey said businesses should view the FBI's cyber security operations the way they now view local fire departments, sharing basic frameworks proactively to facilitate effective response should disaster strike.

Regardless of what type of actor initiates the attack, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at cyber events in a fundamentally different way than conventional crimes that have a clear physical location.

"There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America, there is no place outside of judicial reach", said Comey.

The use of the technology for scrambling data has made it increasingly hard for law enforcement to investigate crimes, even when authorities have court orders giving them permission to access data, he said.

"You're stuck with me", he told the conference's attendees.

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