Originally Published: Monday, 27 December 1999 Author: Quentin Cregan
Published to: enchance_articles_security/Advanced Security Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

US Government : Reporting Incidents of Computer Crime

A great notification type site from the US Department of Justice. Mirrored here for your convenience. "Internet-related crime, like any other crime, should be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities at the local, state, federal, or international levels, depending on the scope of the crime. Citizens who are aware of federal crimes should report them to local offices of federal law enforcement."

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How to Report Internet-Related Crime

From : http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/reporting.htm

Internet-related crime, like any other crime, should be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities at the local, state, federal, or international levels, depending on the scope of the crime. Citizens who are aware of federal crimes should report them to local offices of federal law enforcement.

Some federal law enforcement agencies that investigate domestic crime on the Internet include: the [1]Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the [2]United States Secret Service, the [3]United States Customs Service, and the [4]Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Each of these agencies has offices conveniently located in every state to which crimes may be reported. Contact information regarding these local office may be found in local telephone directories. 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."

Each law enforcement agency also has a headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C., which has agents who specialize in particular areas. For example, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service both have headquarters-based specialists in computer intrusion (i.e., computer hacker) cases. In fact, the FBI HQ hosts an interagency center, the [5]National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), created just to support investigations of computer intrusions. The NIPCs general number for criminal investigations is 202-324-0303. The U.S. Secret Services Electronic Crimes Branch may be reached at 202-435-5850. The FBI and the Customs Service also have specialists in intellectual property crimes (i.e., copyright, software, movie, or recording piracy, trademark counterfeiting). Customs has a nationwide toll-free hotline for reporting at 800-BE-ALERT, or 800-232-2538.

The FBI investigates violations of federal criminal law generally. Certain law enforcement agencies focus on particular kinds of crime. Other federal agencies with investigative authority are the [6]Federal Trade Commission and the [7]U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. To determine some of the federal investigative law enforcement agencies that may be appropriate for reporting certain kinds of crime, please refer to the following table:

Type of Crime

Appropriate federal investigative law enforcement agencies

Computer intrusion (i.e. hacking) FBI local office; NIPC(202-324-0303); U.S. Secret Service local office

Password trafficking FBI local office; NIPC (202-324-0303); U.S. Secret Service local office

Copyright (software, movie, sound recording) piracy FBI local office; if imported, U.S. Customs Service local office (800-BE-ALERT, or 800-232-2538)

Theft of trade secrets FBI local office

Trademark counterfeiting FBI local office; if imported, U.S. Customs Service local office (800-BE-ALERT, or 800-232-2538)

Counterfeiting of currency U.S. Secret Service local office; FBI local office

Child Pornography or Exploitation FBI local office; if imported, U.S. Customs Service local office (800-BE-ALERT, or 800-232-2538)

Internet fraud FBI local office; Federal Trade Commission; if securities fraud, Securities and Exchange Commission

Internet harassment FBI local office

Internet bomb threats FBI local office; ATF local office

Trafficking in explosive or incindiary devices or firearms over the Internet FBI local office; ATF local office


Go to . . . [8]CCIPS home page || [9]Justice Department home page




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