Cyber attacks are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous, and more sophisticated. Criminals, terrorists, and other adversaries want to gain access to our nation’s critical infrastructure, corporate data, trade secrets, and cutting-edge research and development work. Fraudsters and identity thieves target our financial and personal information, and online predators put young people at risk.
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks. The threat is serious—and growing. Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, how you can report cyber crime, and the Bureau's efforts in combating cyber crime.
- Taking the right security measures and being alert and aware when connected are key ways to prevent cyber intrusions and online crimes. Learn how to protect your computer, network, and personal information.
- Business email compromise (BEC) scams exploit the fact that so many of us rely on email to conduct business—both personal and professional—and it's one of the most financially damaging online crimes. In BEC scams, criminals send an email message that looks like it's from a known source making a legitimate request.
- Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information, like your Social Security number, and uses it to commit theft or fraud.
- Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return.
- Spoofing and phishing are schemes aimed at tricking you into providing sensitive information to scammers.
- Online predators are a growing threat to young people.
- More common crimes and scams
File a Report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you are the victim of online or Internet-enabled crime, file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) as soon as possible. Crime reports are used for investigative and intelligence purposes. Rapid reporting can also help support the recovery of lost funds. Visit the IC3's website for more information, including tips and information about current crime trends.
National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance
Because of the global reach of cyber crime, no single organization, agency, or country can defend against it. Vital partnerships like the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) have become an international model for bringing together law enforcement, private industry, and academia to build and share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop emerging cyber threats and mitigate existing ones.
For more information visit the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance website.
Many federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are facing challenges due to the phenomenon sometimes referred to as “warrant-proof” encryption. This type of encryption means the government often cannot obtain the electronic evidence necessary to investigate and prosecute threats to public and national safety, even with a warrant or court order.