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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.

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Directory of Cybercrime Labs and Resources

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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.

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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).

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Protecting law enforcement from cyber threats

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–Steps-to-Protect-Personal-Information


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Internet of Things Infographic

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.

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For the Prosecutor

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.


Cybercrime Community Awareness and Prevention

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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