Agency Marks 10 Years Fighting CybercrimeBy: Mike Sachoff - May 10, 2010
The Internet Crime Complaint Center is marking its 10-year anniversary of fighting cybercrime.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established in May 2000 as a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since its launch IC3 has received more than 1.5 million complaints of cybercrime.
"This year marks the first decade of our partnership with NW3C addressing nearly 1.5 million Internet crime complaints to IC3," said Bill Hinerman, FBI Unit Chief for IC3.
"This partnership has increased law enforcement’s ability to collect, analyze, and refer Internet crime complaints to our domestic and international law enforcement partners."
IC3 gives victims of cybercrime an easy way to report and alert authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. IC3 provides law enforcement and regulatory agencies with a central referral system for complaints involving Internet-related crimes.
"Since its creation in 2000, we have seen the number of complaints coming into IC3 increase year after year. Cybercrime is not going away and, in fact, is only going to continue as criminals become savvier," said Don Brackman, Director of the NW3C. "We are so proud to be partners with the FBI in operating IC3 to address this growing global issue."
"No one would have thought 10 years ago that we would have as many reports of cybercrime as we have today," Brackman said. "As the Internet keeps evolving and as criminals keep thinking up new ways to take advantage of the public, IC3 will continue to look for ways we can help combat these types of crimes."