The FBI Cyber Program uses a centrally-coordinated strategy to support FBI priorities across program lines, assisting crucial counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigations whenever aggressive technical investigative assistance is required. The Cyber Program also targets major criminal violators with a cyber nexus.

Centralized Management and Focus

  • Protecting U.S. from cyber-based attacks and high technology crimes made FBI's #3 priority
  • Created Cyber Division to manage national program
  • Developed Regional Cyber Action Teams to respond to cyber events, domestic or international, which may significantly threaten the national computer infrastructures or potentially impact the national economy or security

Protecting Children

  • Innocent Images National Initiative combats the worldwide proliferation of child pornography and child sexual exploitation facilitated by the Internet; Innocent Images International Task Force (IIITF) established 10/04 to target East Central European websites has generated nearly 3,000 leads
  • The Endangered Child Alert Program, launched in 2/04, uses national and international media exposure of unknown adults featured in child pornography; 37 children identified and saved, 12 subjects identified (8 in custody)
  • 11/03 launched Operation "Peer Pressure" targeting persons who use Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks to collect and distribute child pornography; conducted 166 online sessions in which undercover FBI Agents download child pornography from offender's computers. Results include: 360 search warrants; 91 indictments; 88 Arrests; 55 convictions. Many subjects with prior criminal histories identified (including ten registered sex offenders); over 20 persons under the age of 21 identified as engaging in these activities. These cases have charged not only offenses related to the possession and distribution of child pornography, but also sexual abuse of children.
  • In 2003, the FBI began a nationwide initiative to investigate child sexual abuse in eGroups; over 180 searches executed, 162 subjects were indicted, 89 subjects were arrested, and over 100 convictions

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

  • Received over 700,000 consumer complaints; more than 450,000 referred to law enforcement for investigation. These referrals include an accumulated loss in excess of $450 million.
  • Currently receiving over 22,000 complaints a month, the one millionth consumer complaint is expected to be processed in calendar year 2007.
  • The IC3 FBI has referred over 4,500 significant identified cases, with an accumulative loss of $213 million to law enforcement, resulting in over 885 known investigations which include: 155 Search warrants issued; 56 Arrest warrants issued; 479 Arrests; 173 Indictments; 119 Convictions
  • National initiatives include: Operation Cyber Loss, Operation E-Con; Operation Cyber Sweep and Operation Web Snare. A combined total for these initiatives resulted in: 400+ Investigations; 263 Indictments; 1.1 Million Victims; 293 Search/Seizure Warrants; $604 Million in losses; 355 Arrests and Convictions

Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL)

  • Over the past five years, nearly fourteen RCFLs have opened to assist nearly 4,000 law enforcement agencies across 17 states with examination of digital evidence in support of a variety of criminal investigations.
  • Since 2002, the program has received 6,426 service requests; trained 6,843 law enforcement personnel; and conducted 4,998 examinations.

Other major investigations

  • Computer Intrusion -- successful resolution to the Zotob worm
  • Intellectual Property Rights -- OPERATION FAST LINK - 4/04 over 100 search warrants executed simultaneously within 31 field offices and 12 foreign countries; foreign police issued 51 search warrants, seized 93 computers, seized 19 servers and obtained more than 10 confessions