From the average person to multibillion-dollar corporations and the government, cyber crime affects every one of us in some way. The federal government has attempted to combat cyber crime by establishing agencies to investigate and prosecute it. Agencies have been established throughout the United States and in other countries in an effort to combat the growing problem of cyber crime.
The President's Views
In 2009, President Barack Obama said the nation needed to establish a set of acceptable behaviors in cyberspace and give law enforcement agencies more power to combat cyber crimes. He suggested that cyber-security information be available to anyone who needs it, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The president established a 10-point plan designed to implement national cyber-security regulations. The plan includes protection of individual privacy and civil liberties; an initiative for national awareness to promote cyber-security; an incidence response plan; and a framework to establish enhanced security, reliability and resilience in the digital infrastructure.
Government Cyber Protection
In May 2009, a cyber security coordinator went to work with direct access to President Obama. The Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative, or CNCI, was started by President George W. Bush in January 2008. The goals of the CNCI are to secure the United States in cyberspace; to mount a defense against any immediate threats; and to detect network vulnerabilities within the federal, state or local governments. The CNCI is empowered to use counterintelligence to increase the security of information exchanged in cyberspace. The CNCI is also responsible for collecting intelligence, performing criminal investigations and strengthening government security in cyberspace.
Reporting Cyber Crimes
Several agencies have been established for reporting cyber crimes. These powerful agencies include the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI. The agencies have experts on staff specifically to address cyber crime issues. FBI experts specialize in reports of spam, and computer intrusion crimes such as hacking. The Secret Service has experts in financial crimes. You can report an email or spam involving investment-related schemes or securities fraud to the Federal Trade Commission or the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Register Complaints Online
To register a complaint for cyber crimes, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center. IC3, as it is known, is a collaboration of three government agencies, including the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. This website enables victims of cyber crimes to report problems they encounter in cyberspace, and alerts international, federal, state and local regulatory agencies to potential problems. They will accept complaints from third parties, so you don’t have to be a personal victim of a cyber crime to report it. When reporting crimes through IC3, you will need to include your name, address and phone number and any pertinent information about the company you are reporting, such as a name, address, web address and telephone number, if you have that information. You will need to include specific details on the nature of the crime, when it occurred and how it happened. Keep emails to substantiate your claims.
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