FBI Cyber Crime
Recognizing cyber crime as an ever growing problem, concerned about coordination and wanting investigations conducted in a cohesive comprehensive manner, the FBI established the “Cyber Division” at FBI Headquarters to set priorities, establish protocols and identify personnel qualified to handle investigations. Lobbying elected officials for money to create the Cyber Division, the FBI told Congress cyber crime was a threat to national security that needed money and personnel to be addressed properly. Accordingly, members whose background also includes FBI Cyber Crime can be a great asset to someone looking for an investigator and/or needing an expert concerning computer fraud and identity theft.
As a result, specially trained cyber squads are now staffed at FBI headquarters and in each of the Bureau’s 56 field offices trained to investigate cyber crime, including computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property, identity theft, child pornography and fraud.
The FBI states the Cyber Division’s mission is to: (1) respond, coordinate, supervise cyber crime investigations involving the Internet, computer networks and systems, in particular threats posed by terrorist organizations, foreign governments, and/or Organized Crime; (2) form and maintain public/private alliances using enhanced education and training to maximize counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and law enforcement’s response to cyber crime; and (3) place the FBI at the forefront of cyber crime investigations through awareness and exploitation of emerging technologies.
Today, Cyber Action Teams travel around the world to conduct computer intrusion investigations, often only on a moment’s notice, to collect evidence and gather vital intelligence identifying cyber crime felons who pose the most serious and dangerous threat to our national security and the nation’s economy. In an ever growing partnership with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and other federal agencies the FBI has established the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force and 93 Computer Crimes Task Forces throughout the country, using state-of-the-art technology to combat cyber crime.
Because of the impact computer “hacking” is now having on citizens and businesses both in the United States and abroad cyber crime is now a priority concern for the FBI. Understanding the threat cyber crime poses to the community and the nation, agents are continually on alert looking for new viruses and scams that can be used by criminals and foreign governments to steal personal information and intellectual property, collect intelligence, and hijack accounts, as well as conduct hacking, send spam, and spoof accounts.
Bots, worms, viruses, spyware, malware, and hacking—costs citizens and businesses billions each year hoping to defend against cyber attacks and repairing systems when hit with cyber crime. Computer hackers have been responsible for taking down important vital systems—disrupting banks, hospitals and even first responders providing emergency services. No longer considered child’s play—as in kids playing computer games—cyber attacks are now critically evaluated by each FBI Field Division because of their potential affect on the nation’s security and the economy. Worried cyber attacks could cripple the country’s electronic infrastructure causing a national security crisis, experts now stress new resources be applied each year to combat the ever growing problem.
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