Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nick Steen of the Birmingham Field Office at will discuss the role of the the Alabama ECTF (AL-ECTF) in identifying and locating cyber criminals connected to cyber intrusions, bank fraud, data breaches, and other computer-related crimes. The Secret Service’s Cyber Intelligence Section has directly contributed to the arrest of transnational cyber criminals responsible for the theft of hundreds of millions of credit card numbers and the loss of approximately $600 million to financial and retail institutions. The Secret Service also runs the National Computer Forensic Institute, which provides law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges with cyber training and information to combat cyber crime.
The ECTF and the Secret Service have a very robust and successful investigative teams designed to go after criminals that have infiltrated and stolen data from US victim networks. Often these criminals are not located in the US, and the Secret Service has pursued and captured a number of the most prolific hackers overseas. Many of the cases were made due to a partnership between the victim and their local ECTF, more specifically due to information provided by the ECTF partner. As an example, many larger data breaches are identified by bank card service personnel who are able to identify a business as the point of compromise for stolen credit card data.