The FBI’s cyber strategy imposes risk and consequences on cyber adversaries. Malicious cyber activity threatens the public’s safety and national and economic security. Our goal is to change the behavior of criminals and nation-states who believe they can compromise U.S. networks, steal financial and intellectual property, and put critical infrastructure at risk without facing risk themselves. To do this, we use our unique mix of authorities, capabilities, and partnerships to impose consequences against our cyber adversaries.
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber-attacks and intrusions. We collect and share intelligence and engage with victims while working to unmask those committing malicious cyber activities, wherever they are.
What You Should Know
Taking the proper security measures and being alert and aware when connected are key ways to prevent cyber intrusions and online crimes. Understand Common Crimes and Risks Online
– 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.
– 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.
How We Work
Whether through developing innovative investigative techniques, using cutting-edge analytic tools, or forging new partnerships in our communities, the FBI continues to adapt to meet the challenges posed by the evolving cyber threat.
– The FBI has specially trained cyber squads in each of our 56 field offices, working with interagency task force partners.
– The rapid-response Cyber Action Team can deploy across the country within hours to respond to major incidents.
– With cyber assistant legal attachés in embassies across the globe, the FBI works closely with our international counterparts to seek justice for victims of malicious cyber activity.
– The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) collects Internet crime reports from the public. Using such complaints, the IC3’s Recovery Asset Team has assisted in freezing hundreds of
thousands of dollars for victims of cybercrime.
– CyWatch is the FBI’s 24/7 operations center and watch floor, providing around-the-clock support to track incidents and communicate with field offices across the country.