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May 23, 2014 12:30 PM

National Missing Children’s Day 2014

In observance of National Missing Children’s Day on Sunday, May 25—which honors the memories of those who are lost and focuses attention on the issue—the FBI is highlighting the names and faces of ...

National Missing Children’s Day 2014

National Missing Children’s Day 2014

In observance of National Missing Children’s Day on Sunday, May 25—which honors the memories of those who are lost and focuses attention on the issue—the FBI is highlighting the names and faces of the children listed on our Kidnappings and Missing Persons webpage and asking for your continued help to locate them.

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May 20, 2014 01:00 PM

Seeking Information on Suspected Serial Child Predator in Southeast U.S.

Seeking Information on Suspected Serial Child Predator in Southeast U.S.

Screenshot of Matthew John Coniglio Seeking Information Poster

The FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify victims of suspected serial child predator Matthew John Coniglio. His female victims—some as young as 8 years old—may be unaware of what happened to them.

Coniglio, who committed suicide on April 20, 2014 following his arrest on child pornography charges, is known to have resided in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina over the past 15 years.

Videotaped evidence seized at the time of his arrest suggests that Coniglio drugged multiple young females who he subsequently molested and raped. At this point in the investigation, photographed victims are being identified and notified. Those who believe they may have been victims are encouraged to come forward—not only to aid investigators but potentially to seek services through our Victim Assistance Program.

A confidential questionnaire is available for anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Coniglio or who may have information about his predatory behavior.

Press release | Confidential questionnaire | Seeking Information poster

May 19, 2014 05:30 PM

Director Comey Speaks at 3rd Annual White Collar Crime Institute in New York

As a keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual White Collar Crime Institute, FBI Director James Comey explained some of the biggest threats the Bureau faces—and corporate crime ranks near the top.

Director Comey Speaks at 3rd Annual White Collar Crime Institute in New York


As a keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual White Collar Crime Institute, held at the New York City Bar Association today, FBI Director James Comey explained some of the biggest threats the Bureau faces—and corporate crime ranks near the top.

Drawing on insights gleaned from his experience as a U.S. Attorney, as a lawyer in the private sector, and as head of the FBI, Comey tackled issues such as corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, and insider trading, while also discussing some of the more challenging aspects of the work we do as it relates to these types of crimes.

Acknowledging the inherent team effort involved in our white-collar crime investigations, Comey emphasized that our partnerships extend beyond law enforcement and other government agencies.

“You can help create strong compliance practices,” Comey told the audience of lawyers. “You can encourage self-reporting and transparency. You can advise boards on the vital importance of understanding culture. You have the power to guide corporate leaders on the right course. You can help create a culture of integrity, honesty, and fair dealing.”

Full remarks

May 19, 2014 03:30 PM

International Blackshades Malware Takedown

Today, representatives from the FBI New York Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the results of a cyber takedown, which included the unsealing ...

International Blackshades Malware Takedown


Today, representatives from the FBI New York Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the results of a cyber takedown, which included the unsealing of an indictment against Swedish national Alex Yucel and the guilty plea of U.S. citizen Michael Hogue, both of whom we believe co-developed a particularly insidious computer malware known as Blackshades. This software was sold and distributed to thousands of people in more than 100 countries and has been used to infect more than half a million computers around the globe.

The actions announced at today’s press conference are part of an unprecedented law enforcement operation involving 18 other countries. More than 90 arrests have been made so far, and more than 300 searches have been conducted worldwide.

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May 19, 2014 12:00 PM

Five Chinese Military Hackers Charged with Cyber Espionage Against U.S.

Five Chinese military hackers have been indicted on charges of computer hacking, economic espionage, and other offenses directed at six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals, and solar ...

Five Chinese Military Hackers Charged with Cyber Espionage Against U.S.


In a case out of the Western District of Pennsylvania, five Chinese military hackers were indicted on charges of computer hacking, economic espionage, and other offenses directed at six American victims in the U.S. nuclear power, metals, and solar products industries. This marks the first time criminal charges have been filed against known state actors for hacking.

From 2006-2014, defendants Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, who were officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, were allegedly involved a hacking conspiracy that targeted Westinghouse Electric Co.; U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG; United States Steel Corp.; Allegheny Technologies Inc.; the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union; and Alcoa, Inc.

“The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at a press conference announcing the charges today in Washington, D.C. “Success in the global market place should be based solely on a company’s ability to innovate and compete, not on a sponsor government’s ability to spy and steal business secrets.”

“State actors engaged in cyber espionage for economic advantage are not immune from the law just because they hack under the shadow of their country’s flag,” added Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. “Cyber theft is real theft, and we will hold state-sponsored cyber thieves accountable as we would any other transnational criminal organization that steals our goods and breaks our laws.”

As FBI Executive Assistant Director Robert Anderson emphasized, “If you are going to attack Americans—whether for criminal or national security purposes—we are going to hold you accountable. No matter what country you live in.”

 

May 16, 2014 03:00 PM

National Police Week 2014 in Pictures

Thousands of law enforcement officers honored their fallen colleagues this week during the annual National Police Week observances in Washington, D.C.

National Police Week 2014 in Pictures


Thousands of law enforcement officers honored their fallen colleagues during the annual National Police Week observances in Washington, D.C. Events centered around the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and included the arrival on May 12 of thousands of officers on bicycles who traveled hundreds of miles to raise money for the memorial. Events also included a candlelight vigil on May 13, which was open to the public and attended by as many as 20,000 people. Meanwhile, in a private ceremony at FBI Headquarters on May 14, we honored our own fallen agents, Chris Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who died May 17, 2013 during a Hostage Rescue Team training operation near Virginia Beach.

Director Comey opened the week with a video message to our law enforcement colleagues. In it, he said, “As we honor those in law enforcement, we also pause to remember our colleagues who have given their lives in the line of duty. We reflect upon their sacrifices, we take strength from their examples of heroism and courage, and we resolve to continue their noble work in their honor.”

May 15, 2014 04:00 PM

Law Enforcement Partnerships are Key in Combating Violent Crimes Against Children

As we approach National Missing Children’s Day later this month (May 25), we reflect on the importance of law enforcement partnerships in protecting children from becoming victims of crimes.

Law Enforcement Partnerships are Key in Combating Violent Crimes Against Children

Silhouettes of Two Men Shaking Hands in Front of World MapA former English tutor was sentenced to 30 years in prison after traveling back and forth from the U.S. to China to molest children. A 14-year-old kidnap victim from Spokane was rescued and his kidnappers apprehended and eventually sentenced to long prison terms. A former teacher and child pornographer who found himself on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was apprehended abroad and returned to the U.S., ultimately receiving a 25-year prison term. And five young victims were rescued in the Dallas area during an investigation into commercial child sex trafficking.

The common thread running through each of these cases? In addition to the perpetrators victimizing children, each investigation involved law enforcement collaborating with one another—sharing manpower, expertise, resources, and, perhaps most importantly, information.

As we approach National Missing Children’s Day later this month (May 25), we reflect on the importance of law enforcement partnerships in protecting children from becoming victims of crimes—whether through kidnappings, violent attacks, commercial sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or online predators. The strategy of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Program is to use multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and help prosecute crimes that cross geographical and jurisdictional boundaries…to identity and rescue child victims—regardless of where the case ends up being prosecuted…and to strengthen the capabilities of the FBI—along with our local, state, tribal, other federal, and international law enforcement partners—through investigative assistance, training, technical support, and, in particular, intelligence sharing.

The FBI has its own group of intelligence analysts who are dedicated solely to analyzing vast amounts of intelligence associated with violent crimes against children, looking not only for identities of criminal perpetrators and cases that can be linked together but also for methods used by criminals, current and future threats, trends, vulnerabilities, and gaps in intelligence. That information is then shared with investigators in FBI field offices as well as our local, state, national, and international partners, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, private industries, and, increasingly, the public.

In addition, we share information—and operational assistance—through our 69 Child Exploitation Task Forces around the nation. More than 700 task force officers and FBI agents—representing nearly 400 agencies—work side-by-side to investigate individuals and criminal enterprises responsible for victimizing young people. Our state and local partners contribute vital local intelligence, while the FBI brings a national perspective—and unique investigate tools—to the problem.

In the global arena, the FBI coordinates the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force to assist the Bureau and our foreign counterparts with investigating complex, high-impact, multi-national sexual crimes against children. An integral part of this international initiative is the sharing of intelligence and case information among members. Initiated in 2004, the task force is comprised of a select cadre of law enforcement experts from 31 nations who have gone through weeks of intensive training provided by the FBI and private sector representatives.

Another important facet of our strategy to protect children from predators and other violent criminals is partnering with non-law enforcement entities like the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center—a Department of Health and Human Service hotline administered under grant by the Polaris Project.

Violent Crimes Against Children webpage

May 13, 2014 04:00 PM

FBI Official Testifies on Efforts to Combat Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft

In a hearing before a Senate subcommittee today, FBI Counterintelligence Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman outlined what the FBI is doing, in conjunction with our partners, to address the ...

FBI Official Testifies on Efforts to Combat Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft


In a hearing before a Senate subcommittee today, FBI Counterintelligence Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman outlined what the FBI is doing, in conjunction with our partners, to address the ever-increasing problems of trade secret theft—when someone knowingly steals a trade secret to the economic benefit of anyone but the owner—and economic espionage—when a trade secret is stolen for the benefit of a foreign government, foreign instrumentality, or foreign agent. By some estimates, these crimes cause losses of potentially hundreds of billions of dollars annually to the U.S. economy.

“Our foreign adversaries and competitors are determined to acquire, steal, or transfer a broad range of trade secrets in which the United States maintains a definitive innovation advantage,” said Coleman. “This technological lead gives our nation a competitive advantage in today’s globalized, knowledge-based economy. Protecting this competitive advantage is vital to our economic security and our national security.”

Full testimony

May 12, 2014 01:30 PM

Remembering Our Fallen Agents

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Chris Lorek and Stephen Shaw, special agents and members of our Hostage Rescue Team who were killed during a training accident off the coast ...

Remembering Our Fallen Agents


This month marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Chris Lorek and Stephen Shaw, special agents and members of our Hostage Rescue Team who were killed during a training accident off the coast of Virginia.

The two will be honored this week—during National Police Week—and their names will be installed in the FBI’s Hall of Honor, a tribute to fallen agents killed in the line of duty throughout the Bureau’s history.

View full story for more information, including profiles of both agents, videos, and photos

May 12, 2014 09:00 AM

FBI Releases 2013 Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Preliminary statistics released today by the FBI show that 27 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2013, a decrease of more than 44 percent when compared to the 49 ...

FBI Releases 2013 Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Preliminary statistics released today by the FBI show that 27 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2013, a decrease of more than 44 percent when compared to the 49 officers killed in 2012. By region, 15 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, six officers in the West, four officers in the Midwest, and two in the Northeast.

An additional 49 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2013. This total represents one officer more than the 48 officers who were accidentally killed in 2012. By region, 31 officers died due to accidents in the South, nine in the West, five in the Northeast, and four in the Midwest.

Final statistics and complete details will be available in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s publication Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2013, which will be published on the FBI’s website in the fall.

Press release