August 23rd, 2005, 03:05 AM
How the FBI Investigates Computer Crime
If you or your organization is the victim of a computer crime, what should you know before contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for assistance or to report an incident? This document provides information about the federal investigative and prosecutorial process for computer crimes and explains some of the guidelines, policies, and resources the FBI uses when it investigates computer crime.
Various FBI technical programs address the growing complexity of computer investigations. FBI legal attaché stationed in 45 countries use sophisticated methods to investigate and coordinate cyber incidents around the world. In the United States, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IC3 processes complaints of cyber crime and then coordinates computer crime investigations.
The FBI’s Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC coordinates investigations in which networks or computers are exploited as instruments in criminal activity or as targets. High priority is given to investigations that involve terrorist organizations or intelligence operations sponsored by foreign governments. The FBI trains and certifies computer forensic examiners who work in FBI field offices to recover and preserve digital evidence. The FBI maintains a computer forensic laboratory in Washington, DC for advanced data recovery and for research and development. Most FBI field offices also have specialized cyber squads called Cyber Action Teams (CATS) which provide expert assistance to law enforcement and aid cybercrime investigations.
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Pretty good overview of the FBI method of investigating computer crime.