ICE Cyber Crimes Center Gets Major Expansion to Help Target IPR Theft
The Department of Homeland Security recently unveiled a major expansion of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Cyber Crimes Center, which will provide ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations with enhanced operational and training capabilities to meet its growing cyber mission and increasing workload of criminal cases with a cyber nexus.
An ICE press release states that the agency’s cybercrime strategy focuses on network intrusion and online theft of intellectual property and export-controlled data; cyber economic crimes such as the sale and conversion of stolen credit card data and personally identifiable information into criminal proceeds; and cyber-enabled crimes like child exploitation, illicit underground marketplaces, document fraud and other crimes that have transitioned from the physical to virtual world. In support of that strategy the mission of the so-called C3 involves keeping pace with emerging computer technology and Internet processes, proactively using these new technologies to combat criminal activity and address vulnerabilities created by the Internet, disseminating investigative leads and intelligence to field offices and international law enforcement partners, and supporting field investigations. The C3 has also developed a curriculum to train HSI special agents and law enforcement partners in conducting cyber investigations, with classes on subjects such as cyber smuggling, undercover and network intrusion investigations to take place at the expanded C3 beginning in early 2016.