- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - For Harold Shaw, starting a job as the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office is a bit of a homecoming.

Shaw, who grew up in Weymouth and Hingham, returned to Boston last month after spending much of his nearly 17-year FBI career in the New York office. Shaw has worked on several high-profile terror investigations, including the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks, the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 and the Benghazi attacks in 2012.

Shaw, 49, said his priorities for Boston are similar to the FBI’s national priorities, including national security, identifying homegrown violent extremists and preventing cyber espionage.

“Really, in the last year alone, you’re looking at in excess of $400 billion in terms of economic espionage that is happening,” Shaw said.

“It’s a significant problem that’s happening … especially in our area where we have a number of high-end businesses … that could be targeted by any foreign state actor or any criminal organization in terms of the loss.”

Shaw began working for the FBI in 1999 and most recently worked as the special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI’s New York division.

Earlier in his career, he worked as a supervisory special agent and was detailed to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, where he worked as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA in the post 9/11 era.

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