Welcome to the Law Enforcement Cyber Center
The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is designed to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology. The LECC also directs visitors to strategic partners who provide training, technical assistance, and access to critical information. Please take advantage of the resources made available through this website, share it with colleagues, and encourage others to contribute ideas and new content by clicking the Suggestion Box button below.
Another important feature of the LECC is the secure law enforcement sensitive information available through the FBI Cyber Shield Alliance (CSA). The CSA is a protected portal that provides an array of FBI cyber-security resources and intelligence for the law enforcement community, such as free online training, alerts and notifications. To access the secure CSA website, please see this page.
BJA and PERF Release The Utah Model: A Path Forward for Investigating and Building Resilience to Cyber Crime
As new internet-based technologies are introduced, cybercrime is growing exponentially, both in the proliferation of crimes and the associated impact on victims concerning financial loss, invasion of privacy, blackmail, and threats to our national security. To respond to this ever-changing threat, national and local police agencies across the globe continue to explore ways to coordinate resources with each other and attack the problem. This document highlights the many promising practices of the Utah State Model in support of “Operation Wellspring” and related efforts involving law enforcement leaders, cyber investigators, fusion center staff, emergency management personnel, and other national subject matter experts, working in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. However, this document is more than a “case study.” Indeed, this publication serves as a foundational national document, strategically targeted, for Governor’s, their staff, and others, to guide and inform their policies and practices. Special thanks are given to the Utah Department of Public Safety, FBI, DHS, IACP, RAND, NW3C, NGA, NACSIO, ASCIA and others.
Click here to view the entire document.
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Directory of Cybercrime Labs and Resources
Search for regional crime labs and other resources to help with cybercrime investigations and assistance.
Discord is a free voice and text chat application designed specifically for gaming. The application is secure and works on desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. After only two-years, Discord has over 25 million users who send over 100 million messages each month. This explosive growth has made Discord a target for cybercriminals, who have attempted to obtain users’ account credentials, in-game currency, and contacts via malware. In a continuation of its efforts to inform law enforcement personnel on issues pertaining to emerging technology, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides an overview of the features, and functions of the Discord application, as well as guidance for serving legal process, and potential investigative leads that can be obtained via Discord.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nw3c.org/docs/research/discord.pdf
Whisper is the largest online platform where people share real thoughts and feelings, forge relationships and engage in conversations on an endless variety of topics—without identities or profiles. Whisper content and stories reach hundreds of millions of people each month across platforms. Whisper is spearheading a movement that believes that happiness starts with being your real self. Whisper is backed by venture investors including Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Thrive Capital, Shasta Ventures, Trinity Capital, and CAA Ventures. (“Whisper Press” 2016).
For more information, please visit: http://www.nw3c.org/docs/research/whisper-application.pdf
This document provides material designed to assist law enforcement in protecting themselves and their families from becoming cyber targets: protecting personal information, cyber dos and don’ts, and links to further cyber training and resources. Download and read the full article at https://www.it.ojp.gov/GIST/1191/Understanding-Digital-Footprints–Steps-to-Protect-Personal-Information
This fun infographic shows many different kinds of electronic devices that may be found in a residential home. Where possible, we describe the technologies imbedded within the devices, and the kinds of data they generate. While some devices store data on the device itself, others act as sensors that transmit data back to a smartphone application, cloud service provider, or other remote location.
This information provides resources to those who prosecute cyber crimes, and includes both links to statutes and case law explicitly focusing on cyber crimes, as well as links to other legal resources related to cyber crime prosecution, such as digital search warrants, and litigation guides. Click here to view more.
In an effort to support and advance police/community interaction addressing cyber crime and victimization, the National White Collar Crime Center, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice, have developed training modules that identify the most common types of Internet and computer-related scams, and instructional tools to help people avoid being victimized by these scams. Click here to view the latest training module.
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While online threats are constantly evolving, many cyber criminals use variations of the same methods with cyber attacks. Specifics of these attacks may differ, but the nature of the attacks stay the same. Cyber criminals take advantage of a user’s lack of technical expertise and inherent trusting natures. By understanding these common threats and risks, … Continue reading Protecting Yourself from Cyber Threats
Use the tips below in a variety of NCSAM communications: Set strong passwords. Make them long and complex, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone. Secure your most sensitive accounts. When it is available, use multi-factor authentication to keep your accounts more secure. Keep a Clean Machine. Keep your operating system, browser, and … Continue reading Cybersecurity Tips to Share
The current top app on Apple’s mobile marketplace isn’t Facebook or Snapchat, but a new social media app called Sarahah. The app created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq allows users to receive anonymous comments. According to a description of Sarahah, the app “helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees … Continue reading Sarahah: Four things you should know about popular app
Every day there are attacks on state government computer systems. “Ninety-one percent of cyber attacks start with an email from someone who is portraying themselves of being legitimate. This is referred to as a phishing email,” said Kirk Lonbom, Chief Information Security Officer. “These phishing emails can result in infections of entire networks, ransomware and stolen passwords.” … Continue reading New Law Requires State Employees To Undergo Cybersecurity Training