More than 200 law enforcement personnel from local, state and federal partners attended ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s first Cyber Crime Symposium Thursday, highlighting HSI capabilities in the cyber world, emphasizing the need for partnerships with prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement in combating cybercrimes.
Symposium speakers include the Special Agent in Charge for HSI New York, Angel Melendez and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman. Topics covered during the event include: typologies of cyber criminals technology vs. human based attacks; technological capabilities for case support and unique challenges in the digital world; child exploitation sex tourism investigations: strategies, techniques and undercover capabilities digital and traditional victim identification techniques; and interagency cooperation and international partnerships. The event took place at the Grace Farms Foundation (“GFF”), a foundation with publicly available space supporting initiatives in the areas of nature, arts, justice, community, and faith, in New Canaan, CT.
Cyber threats and high-technology crimes find root in traditional criminal activity such as financial fraud, identity theft, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and child exploitation which has simply migrated to cyber space for a convenient and anonymous operating environment. However, other criminal activity such as electronic scams, internet fraud, social engineering, cyber intrusions; compromised databases and phishing are crimes inherent to the internet. Law enforcement’s ability to rescue more victims and arrest more perpetrators is directly proportionate to our ability to identify online criminal activity, locate and track bad actors, and accurately attribute criminal acts to real people.
“Transnational criminal organizations prosper in the borderless world of cyberspace. Internet activity carried out by predators and cyber criminals have real life consequences. The exploitation of children and adults; the flooding of opioids into our neighborhoods and the threats to infrastructure and businesses compels law enforcement professionals to evolve with technology. Strengthening partnerships, while building capacity in the cyber realm is a recipe for success in our efforts of driving out these criminals from the darkest places of the internet,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge for HSI New York. “The fact is, when it comes to disrupting cybercrimes, collaboration across the law enforcement spectrum is instrumental, as well as partnering with private sector entities. This event allows HSI to do both.”
“A strong and trustworthy private-public partnership is the key to successfully combatting national and transnational organized crime involved in trafficking – especially human trafficking – and child exploitation,” said Rod Khattabi, Grace Farms Foundation’s Director of Law Enforcement and Risk Officer. “It is a privilege to collaborate with the Homeland Security Investigations New York office, in providing a specialized training that will enhance the capacity of our law enforcement officers. We are looking forward to expanding this great partnership.”