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Federal bureau of investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (or FBI) is a US government agency responsible the primary role in investigation of federal crimes except for those crimes allocated to other agencies.

Disambiguation on the FBI

Relevant to computer forensics are the current Primary National Priorities include Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime FBI role in Cyber Crime.

Ongoing missions include Public Corruption, Civil rights, White Collar Crime, Organized Crime, and Major thefts and Violent Crime.

FBI and Cyber Crime

The FBI investigates computer intrusions (bots, malware, etc), predators, piracy and intellectual property theft, and internet fraud.

Key Cases relevant to FBI and CyberCrime

The Titan Rain attacks provides insight both into Chinese attacks on US companies and the limits of legal risks taken by non Law Enforcement persons in collecting data on foreign attackersTitan Rain

Russian Attacks Moonlight Maze

How to report cyber crime

Do file an online report at the FBI's IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Center

Do not break wiretapping, pen register or trap and trace laws (which restrict this to Law Enforcement).

Forensic Evidence

Carnivore and the Collection of Internet Data Carnivore

Limitations on the FBI and collection of Computer Forensic Evidence

The FBI is limited by specific laws including the US Patriot Act,Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 or FISA (USC 50).


Diffie and Landau : Privacy on the Line (2007) MIT Press