The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud. To stay in front of current and emerging trends, we gather and share information and intelligence with public and private sector partners worldwide. Below are resources related to cyber crime and security. For more cyber resources, log in to the portal.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
The IC3 was established as a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. Since its inception, IC3 has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, including online fraud in its many forms including intellectual property rights matters, computer intrusions (hacking), economic espionage, online extortion, international money laundering, identity theft, and a growing list of Internet facilitated crimes. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local, and international level, the IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.
FBI Cyber Watch
Cyber Watch (CyWatch) is the FBI's 24-hour command center for cyber intrusion prevention and response operations. CyWatch receives threat and incident reporting, assesses it for action, and engages with the appropriate components within Cyber Division, the field, and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies for action.
Cyber Security - DHS
DHS is responsible for overseeing the protection of the .gov domain and for providing assistance and expertise to private sector owners and operators of cyber networks. DHS plays a key role in securing the federal government's civilian cyber networks and helping to secure the broader cyber ecosystem through partnerships with owners and operators of critical infrastructure such as financial systems, chemical plants, and water and electric utilities; the release of actionable cyber alerts; investigations and arrests of cyber criminals; and education about how the public can stay safe online.
Cyber Crime - FBI
The FBI has a unique dual responsibility to prevent harm to national security as the nation's domestic intelligence agency and to enforce federal laws as the nation's principal law enforcement agency. These roles are complementary, as threats to the nation's cyber security can emanate from nation-states, terrorist organizations, and transnational criminal enterprises; with the lines between sometimes blurred. The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud. To stay ahead of current and emerging trends, the FBI gathers and shares information and intelligence with public and private sector partners worldwide. The FBI's unified mission brings all lawful investigative techniques and legal tools together in combating these threats. This approach facilitates information sharing and ensures responsible stewardship of resources by collocating talent, tools, and institutional knowledge in a single organization.
Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)
The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) operates within the National Cybersecurity and Integration Center (NCCIC), a division of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (DHS CS&C). ICS-CERT works to reduce risks within and across all critical infrastructure sectors by partnering with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community and coordinating efforts among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and control systems owners, operators, and vendors. Additionally, ICS-CERT collaborates with international and private sector Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to share control systems-related security incidents and mitigation measures.
Department of Defense Digital Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
The Department of Defense Digital Cyber Crime Center (DC3) was established as an entity within the Department of the Air Force in 1998. DC3 provides digital and multimedia (D/MM) forensics, cyber investigative training, research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), and cyber analytics for the following DoD mission areas: information assurance (IA) and critical infrastructure protection (CIP), law enforcement and counterintelligence (LE/CI), document and media exploitation (DOMEX), and counterterrorism (CT). DC3 offers several services including RSS feeds, a daily event email, and various training opportunities.
United States Department of Justice: Reporting Intellectual Property, Computer Hacking, Fraud, or other Internet Related Crimes
The primary federal law enforcement agencies that investigate domestic crime on the Internet include: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Secret Service, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) , the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Each of these agencies has offices conveniently located in every state to which crimes may be reported. In general, federal crime may be reported to the local office of an appropriate law enforcement agency by a telephone call and by requesting the Duty Complaint Agent. To determine some of the federal investigative law enforcement agencies that may be appropriate for reporting certain kinds of intellectual property and cyber related crime, please refer to the below website.