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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

May 12, 2014 08:00 AM

Director Thanks Law Enforcement Colleagues in Police Week Message

In a video message, FBI Director James Comey expressed thanks to law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world.

Director Thanks Law Enforcement Colleagues in Police Week Message


FBI Director James Comey expressed thanks to law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world in a video message released on the first day of the annual Police Week gathering in Washington, D.C.

"I’m proud to come from a law enforcement family," Comey says. "My grandfather, William J. Comey, joined the Yonkers, New York Police Department as a rookie officer and, over the next 40 years, he rose to lead that department. My pop took fierce pride in the integrity of his service and of law enforcement—lessons that made a big impact on me. I have a picture of Pop Comey on my wall at the FBI, looking down at me every day, reminding me of the legacy I’ve inherited and must honor."

"All of us who serve in law enforcement carry forward this legacy of integrity and service," he continues. "We also share a great privilege—we have jobs with moral content. We protect the innocent from harm, we defend the vulnerable, and we bring lawbreakers to justice. We should always remember how lucky we are to get to do good for a living."

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Today, thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The weeklong event, which includes a candlelight service for fallen officers, draws up to 40,000 attendees from departments and agencies across the U.S. and around the world.

May 09, 2014 05:00 PM

Remembering Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

The FBI lost a long-time friend and supporter last week when actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. passed away May 2 in California at the age of 95. The famed actor positively impacted the FBI and its image ...

Remembering Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Left: Actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. leaves the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia circa 1965-67. Right: Zimbalist (right),
actor Stephen Brooks (center, who played Special Agent Jim Rhodes for two seasons on The FBI), and an
FBI employee examine a weapon in the FBI gun vault circa 1965-66. Select photo for high-res image.

The FBI lost a long-time friend and supporter last week when actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. passed away May 2 in California at the age of 95. The famed actor positively impacted the FBI and its image through his portrayal of Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running series The FBI. Through the show, which aired from 1965 to 1974, he inspired numerous young women and men to serve in the Bureau. The actor continued to support the FBI and its work even after the series ended. For this continued work and friendship, former Director Mueller named Zimbalist an Honorary Special Agent in 2009, telling him, “We are grateful for your service and your friendship, and will always consider you a member of the FBI family.”

Speech: Honoring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

May 09, 2014 04:30 PM

FBI Employees Among Those Recognized by NCMEC

FBI Director James Comey spoke at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Congressional Breakfast and Law Enforcement Recognition Program, held May 7, 2014 in Washington, D.C., where a ...

FBI Employees Among Those Recognized by NCMEC


A number of FBI employees were among the law enforcement personnel honored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at its Congressional Breakfast and Law Enforcement Recognition Program held May 7, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Each year, NCMEC selects law enforcement representatives for special recognition of their extraordinary service on cases involving missing or exploited children.

The Bureau employees—along with the federal, state, and local partners they worked with—were chosen for their outstanding work in apprehending a Ten Most Wanted Fugitive, bringing down a child pornography and sex trafficking ring, safely recovering an abducted child, and finding justice for a missing child by apprehending the suspect and recovering the child’s remains.

FBI Director James Comey spoke at the event, congratulating all of the honorees and stressing the importance of private sector partners like NCMEC in addressing “the plague” of crimes against children. He also detailed the FBI’s commitment to protecting children—highlighting such initiatives as our multi-agency Child Exploitation Task Forces around the country, the Innocence Lost operation that identifies and disrupts child sex trafficking rings, the Child Sex Tourism Initiative that identifies American citizens who reside or travel overseas to engage in illicit sexual contact with children, our Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, and our Office for Victim Assistance, which supports young victims of these crimes.

Said Comey, “National security remains the Bureau’s highest priority, but our criminal programs—and especially our work to try and protect the most vulnerable, to rescue and save kids—are at the core of this organization…. We are pained whenever anyone is victimized. We are pained and heartbroken when that victim is a child.”

The FBI partners with NCMEC on many of the above mentioned programs. Since 1998, the Bureau has assigned agents and analysts to NCMEC full-time to work jointly on numerous operational, training, and awareness initiatives focused on protecting children from dangerous predators.

More on our Violent Crimes Against Children program

May 09, 2014 04:00 PM

Investigating Child Abductions

When a child goes missing, it impacts the whole community. And while local law enforcement and investigators from our regional FBI offices respond and begin looking into the disappearance, the Bureau ...

Investigating Child Abductions

Adult and Child Holding Hands in Field

When a child goes missing, it impacts the whole community. And while local law enforcement and investigators from our regional FBI offices respond and begin looking into the disappearance, the Bureau has an additional investigative asset that can be called upon for these time-sensitive cases—our national Child Abduction Response Deployment (CARD) team, which works to recover victims as quickly as possible and helps apprehend those responsible for taking them.

Full story