These devices have greatly increased the volume of data that HSI special agents must examine during the course of an investigation.
In addition, HSI investigators must now manage digital evidence that is highly volatile, mobile and subject to encryption.
C3's Cyber Crimes Unit provides the management and oversight of the agency's cyber related investigations by focusing on the transnational criminal organizations that use cyber capabilities to further their criminal enterprise.
This unit enhances HSI’s ability to combat criminal enterprises operating on or through the Internet, with specific focus in the areas of: This unit also provides training and technical support in cyber investigations to Federal, State, local, tribal, military, and foreign law enforcement agency personnel engaged in the investigation of crimes within their respective jurisdictions.
This unit uses sophisticated investigative techniques to target violators who operate on the Internet, including the use of websites, email, chat rooms and file-sharing applications.
Major initiatives include the following: In addition, ICE has partnered with other agencies (including the ICAC Task Forces), foreign law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations (such as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children).
Many stalkers – online or off – are motivated by a desire to exert control over their victims and engage in similar types of behavior to accomplish this end.
C3 also operates a fully equipped computer forensics laboratory, which specializes in digital evidence recovery, and offers training in computer investigative and forensic skills.In addition, the ease of use and non-confrontational, impersonal, and sometimes anonymous nature of Internet communications may remove disincentives to cyberstalking.Put another way, whereas a potential stalker may be unwilling or unable to confront a victim in person or on the telephone, he or she may have little hesitation sending harassing or threatening electronic communications to a victim.This makes recovery and stewardship of evidence challenging.HSI computer forensics agents/analysts (CFAs) are trained to perform forensic examinations of seized digital storage devices and media, such as: computer hard drives, flash drives, PDAs, mobile phones, DVDs, CDs, tablets and tape media.