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DHS' Progress in 2011: Combating Cybercrimes

Highlighting Our Progress in 2011

Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department's progress in 2011, emphasizing the major steps the Department has taken this year to enhance America's capabilities to safeguard and secure cyberspace.

  • DHS and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the execution of seizure warrants against 10 domain names of websites engaged in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography as part of "Operation Protect Our Children"—a new joint operation between DOJ and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target sites that provide child pornography. This enforcement action was spearheaded by ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center, under a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children.
  • As part of Operation Predator, an initiative to identify, investigate, and arrest child predators and sexual offenders, Secretary Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder announced charges against 72 individuals for their participation in an international criminal network dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse throughout the world.
  • The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) led an interagency investigation which identified an individual who had breached a Federal Reserve Bank computer server as part of a fraud scheme. An analysis of the subject’s computer disclosed credit card data with an estimated value of approximately $200 million.
  • The ICE Cyber Crimes Center and the USSS's Electronic Crimes Task Forces continue to work with international law enforcement to share expertise and resources to combat electronic crimes such as identity theft, network intrusions and a range of financial crimes. This includes the opening of a new USSS office in Tallinn, Estonia to more efficiently counter cyber crime originating from Eastern Europe.
Last Updated: 08/24/2022
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