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Justice Department Releases Intake and Charging Policy for Computer Crime Matters

As computers play an ever-greater role in our lives and cybercrime becomes both more commonplace and more devastating, the need for robust criminal enforcement of effective computer crime laws will only become more important.  As we said in public remarks last year, we urgently need targeted updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that will help the department protect our privacy and security online.  A number of recent prosecutions have demonstrated our commitment and success in bringing significant prosecutions under these vital statutes.  Prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country, in conjunction with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in Washington, have brought cases against hackers and carders like Roman Seleznev and Marcel Lazar and cyber stalkers and sextortionists like Ryan Vallee and Michael Ford, and have conducted challenging and cutting-edge cybercrime operations, such as the takedown of the Darkode hacking forum last year.

It is, of course, not enough to have effective laws; those laws must also be enforced responsibly and consistently.  It is also important that the public understand how the department applies the law in this context.  In order to further that goal, the Criminal Division, primarily through CCIPS, has been sharing its knowledge about cybercrime and the laws that impact cybersecurity for two decades.  We have convened public-private partnership eventspublished public manualstestified numerous times before Congress on threats such as ransomware, participated in and recently hosted[external link] symposia and released Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents.  Many of these materials, as well as press releases related to computer crime and intellectual property prosecutions, are available at cybercrime.gov.

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University of Maryland to Begin Using Gunshot Detection Technology on Campus

The University of Maryland recently began using the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system as a potential deterrent to active shooter situations on campus. The ShotSpotter system instantly detects gun shots and sends a map to dispatchers so they know where shots were fired. The university has already installed ten sensors around campus. ShotSpotter has previously been deployed in a number of major U.S. cities.

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Secretary Johnson Participates in President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson participated in the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking at the White House. The PITF works to provide a whole-of-government response to the heinous crime of human trafficking. As part of the Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works to combat human trafficking through a victim-centered approach. 

At the meeting, Secretary Johnson discussed the progress that DHS has made in combatting human trafficking over the past fiscal year, as well as throughout the course of this Administration.  The Blue Campaign, created in 2010 to serve as the Department’s unified effort to combat human trafficking, coordinates these important efforts.

In FY2016, the Blue Campaign entered into more formal partnerships than in any other year in Blue Campaign’s history. Partners such as the District of Columbia, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, and the City of Los Angeles are now bringing awareness materials and training opportunities to local communities from coast to coast.

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Boston.gov Opens Its Source Code

Like the new Boston.gov Website? If you’re a software developer or a municipal Website manager, you can build your own version by grabbing the freely available source code and tweaking as you see fit. The city’s Digital Team just released the entirety of its source code on GitHub so that developers can continue to enhance the site and other cities can benefit from it.

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The People’s Code – Now on Code.gov

Today (3 November) we’re launching Code.gov so that our Nation can continue to unlock the tremendous potential of the Federal Government’s software.

Over the past few years, we’ve taken unprecedented action to help Americans engage with their Government in new and meaningful ways.

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FBI’s Cyber Investigation Certification Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the FBI’s Cyber Division, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has developed the new Cyber Investigation Certification Program (CICP).  The self-guided online program is available to all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement personnel on the FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP).   Each course in the program has an assessment at the end of the training, and, upon successful completion of each course, participants will receive a course certificate.  The first responder course is available now, and additional courses are in planning and development. 

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IACP Releases New Law Enforcement Benchmarking and Performance Analytics Portal

Data helps drive better, more informed decision making.  With this in mind, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and IACP NET partnered with the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to create the new Law Enforcement Benchmarking and Performance Analytics Portal.  The secure Benchmark Portal enables law enforcement agencies to conduct comparative analyses with peer agencies.  Agency representatives can visit the portal and input their agency’s information and immediately query and visualize the results.  The tool is free for participating law enforcement agencies, and access is restricted to law enforcement agency representatives only.  Additional information, including an informational flyer and a PDF version of the portal questions, is available on the main Benchmark Portal Web site.

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California Shares Cybercrime Services With Local Law Enforcement

The California Cyber Crime Center (C4), a newly minted forensic and digital crimes group based in Fresno, California, that as of October 11, unifies the California Department of Justice's (DOJ) resources to investigate and prosecute cybercrime, enhance digital evidence capabilities, and promote innovation.  C4 supports DOJ internally as well as local and state law enforcement agency partners throughout the cybercrime lifecycle by providing services, technical assistance, and training related to cybercrime, digital evidence, and digital forensics.  One example of support that C4 offers is the Cyber Response Vehicle (CRV), which serves as a mobile cyber laboratory, allowing multiple staff to work as if they were in the computer lab to collect, acquire, and process loose media, mobile devices, personal computers, servers, and other sources of electronically stored information during the course of an investigation.  

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Countering Insider Threats with Standards-based Data Architecture

The Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is partnering with the Defense Security Service (DSS) to improve information sharing capabilities by developing a data dictionary and standardized data architecture for DSS information technology (IT) systems. DSS strengthens national security at home and abroad through security oversight and education operations. DSS oversees the protection of U.S.

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Standards Group Releases Guidelines on Cyber Information Sharing

The non-governmental Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization has released an initial set of guidelines to promote private-sector cybersecurity information sharing.

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