Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) is a section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in charge of investigating computer crime (hacking, viruses, worms) and intellectual property crime. They are additionally responsible for prosecuting privacy invasions by criminals such as hackers, cyberstalkers, and purveyors of mobile spyware, and specializing in the search and seizure of digital evidence in computers and on networks.
CCIPS has been responsible for:
- the prosecution of infamous hackers such as Albert Gonzalez, who led a hacking ring that stole over 40 million debit and credit card numbers by infiltrating major payment processor and retail networks across the country,
- the multi-nation effort that disrupted the "Gameover ZeuS" Botnet and "CryptoLocker" Ransomware scheme that was connected to the indictment of the alleged Russian cybercriminal Evgeniy Bogachev,
- obtaining a conviction that was handed down by a New Jersey jury in the case of Christopher Rad, who organized an international securities fraud ring and stock manipulation through Botnets,
- the indictment of Kim Dotcom, who operated Megaupload.com, a website that enabled large scale online copyright infringement and digital piracy,
- and working with various U.S. Attorney's Offices across the nation as well as a number of international partners to prosecute "Darknet market" websites hosted by the Tor network.
- Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Monday, October 31, 2016, Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section Celebrates 20 Years, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/criminal-division-s-computer-crime-and-intellectual-property-section-celebrates-20-years
- Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Friday March 26, 2010, Leader of Hacking Ring Sentenced for Massive Identity Thefts from Payment Processor and U.S. Retail Networks, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/leader-hacking-ring-sentenced-massive-identity-thefts-payment-processor-and-us-retail
- Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Monday June 2, 2014, U.S. Leads Multi-National Action Against “Gameover Zeus” Botnet and “Cryptolocker” Ransomware, Charges Botnet Administrator, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-leads-multi-national-action-against-gameover-zeus-botnet-and-cryptolocker-ransomware
- "Organizer of International Securities Fraud Ring Perpetrated Through Botnets and Stock Manipulation Convicted". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 19 December 2015. This article incorporates public domain material from this U.S government document.
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- Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, Thursday, January 19, 2012, Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-charges-leaders-megaupload-widespread-online-copyright-infringement
- Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/more-400-onion-addresses-including-dozens-dark-market-sites-targeted-part-global-enforcement