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Sharing threat information amongst peers benefits all parties through awareness and increased resilience.  The NCFTA sharing model also includes sharing with and supporting law enforcement to enable authorities to disrupt cyber-criminal actors and groups wherever they may be. This is a big reason why we do what we do; to impose a consequence on those who leverage the internet to criminally benefit themselves or others.

Included below are press releases pertaining to successful law enforcement investigations in which the NCFTA or NCFTA community played a supporting role.

Congratulations to those law enforcement agencies, case agents, and prosecutors who have invested countless hours while seeking justice for exploited victims.

High-Level Organizer of Notorious Hacking Group Sentenced to Prison for Scheme that Compromised Tens of Millions of Debit and Credit Cards

April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on High-Level Organizer of Notorious Hacking Group Sentenced to Prison for Scheme that Compromised Tens of Millions of Debit and Credit Cards

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/high-level-organizer-notorious-hacking-group-sentenced-prison-scheme-compromised-tens  

2020 Marinus Analytics Impact Report

March 24th, 2021|Comments Off on 2020 Marinus Analytics Impact Report

https://www.marinusanalytics.com/articles/2020-impact-report

Extradition of Cybercrime Money Launderers

March 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Extradition of Cybercrime Money Launderers

Please see https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-ukrainian-nationals-extradited-us-money-laundering-charges for additional information.

SENTENCING OF CYBERCRIME MONEY LAUNDERER

March 9th, 2021|Comments Off on SENTENCING OF CYBERCRIME MONEY LAUNDERER

Please see https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/man-sentenced-operating-multi-million-dollar-international-money-laundering-scheme for additional information. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ukrainian-man-extradited-united-states-face-charges-international-money-laundering-and-fraud

Three North Korean Military Hackers Indicted in Wide-Ranging Scheme to Commit Cyberattacks and Financial Crimes Across the Globe

February 18th, 2021|Comments Off on Three North Korean Military Hackers Indicted in Wide-Ranging Scheme to Commit Cyberattacks and Financial Crimes Across the Globe

Indictment Expands 2018 Case that Detailed Attack on Sony Pictures and Creation of WannaCry Ransomware by Adding Two New Defendants and Recent Global Schemes to Steal Money and Cryptocurrency from Banks and Businesses while Operating [...]

The FBI and the Private Sector: Battling the Cyber Threat Together

January 28th, 2021|Comments Off on The FBI and the Private Sector: Battling the Cyber Threat Together

FBI Director Christopher Wray discusses “The FBI and the Private Sector: Battling the Cyber Threat Together” at Fordham University’s International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) Speaker Series event.  Director Wray specifically noted, “….we know that [...]

Former Video Store Owner Sentenced to Five Years for Selling Counterfeit DVDs

December 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on Former Video Store Owner Sentenced to Five Years for Selling Counterfeit DVDs

Douglas Gordon sold over 48,000 copies of counterfeit DVDs on his websites, making more than $638,000 in sales. Gordon was sentenced to five years in prison and two years of supervised release. https://www.justice.gov/usao-me/pr/former-video-store-owner-sentenced-five-years-selling-counterfeit-dvds

NXVIM leader sentenced to 120 years

October 28th, 2020|Comments Off on NXVIM leader sentenced to 120 years

A federal court sentenced Keith Raniere, who founded and led NXVIM and Dominus Obsequious Sororium (DOS), which was a racketeering enterprise that engaged in human smuggling, human trafficking, forced labor, wire fraud and obstruction of [...]

Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against El Paso Man Offering Fraudulent Coronavirus Prevention Treatments

October 9th, 2020|Comments Off on Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against El Paso Man Offering Fraudulent Coronavirus Prevention Treatments

Hugo Chico, owner of Chico’s House of Pain in El Paso, TX, was selling a “cure” for COVID-19. Update from HSI El Paso on October 6: “Last night we did an operation that lead to [...]

IPR Center reveals how one lead can be worth a million dollars

July 13th, 2020|Comments Off on IPR Center reveals how one lead can be worth a million dollars

WASHINGTON – If you’ve ever wondered how a simple lead can develop into a full blown investigation, look no further than the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) [...]

ARC Helps Secret Service Shut Down Credit Card Fraud Ring

January 28th, 2020|Comments Off on ARC Helps Secret Service Shut Down Credit Card Fraud Ring

Individuals Plead Guilty to Embezzling Over $3.5M in Purchases with Stolen Accounts     ARLINGTON, Va. – Nov. 5, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that it assisted the U.S. Secret Service [...]

79 ARRESTED IN GLOBAL AIRLINE ACTION DAYS

November 28th, 2019|Comments Off on 79 ARRESTED IN GLOBAL AIRLINE ACTION DAYS

The NCFTA served as the command center in the US for the 2019 Global Airline Action Days (GAAD) on November 18 – 22, 2019 and has done so since 2016. The mission of the GAAD [...]

SIX INDIVIDUALS PLEADED GUILTY TO $3.5 MILLION FRAUD

November 12th, 2019|Comments Off on SIX INDIVIDUALS PLEADED GUILTY TO $3.5 MILLION FRAUD

Six individuals pleaded guilty for their roles in using data stolen from 4,000+ credit cards to buy goods, such as airline tickets, and services totaling $3.5 million. The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), with whom the [...]

OPERATION: REWIRED

September 13th, 2019|Comments Off on OPERATION: REWIRED

Law enforcement arrested 281 people, who allegedly facilitated business email scams, in a global operation known as Operation: reWired. See https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/operation-rewired-bec-takedown-091019 and https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/281-arrested-worldwide-coordinated-international-enforcement-operation-targeting-hundreds for more information.

Man gets 6-plus years for $2M counterfeit Darknet scheme that hit Pittsburgh, Uganda stores

August 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Man gets 6-plus years for $2M counterfeit Darknet scheme that hit Pittsburgh, Uganda stores

The former head of an international counterfeit operation will spend more than six years behind bars for a scheme that used the so-called “Darknet” to flood Uganda and the Pittsburgh region with more than $2 [...]

DAY TRADER PLEADS GUILTY TO $2 MILLION HACKING AND SECURITIES FRAUD SCHEME

August 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on DAY TRADER PLEADS GUILTY TO $2 MILLION HACKING AND SECURITIES FRAUD SCHEME

July 16, 2019: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York announced: “Day Trader Pleads Guilty to Computer Hacking and Securities Fraud Scheme Targeting Online Brokerage Accounts.”   See Day Trader Pleads Guilty.

GOZNYM ORGANIZED CYBERCRIME NETWORK TAKEDOWN

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on GOZNYM ORGANIZED CYBERCRIME NETWORK TAKEDOWN

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania charged 10 members, in addition to a member who was charged in a related indictment, of a group which used malware known as GozNym to [...]

NCFTA plays key role in supporting investigations of counterfeiting and fraud

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on NCFTA plays key role in supporting investigations of counterfeiting and fraud

If you’ve ever wondered how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is able to successfully track criminal activity and solve complex cases, look no further than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s where you will find the National Cyber-Forensics & [...]

HERE’S HOW YOU GET COMPANIES TO TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on HERE’S HOW YOU GET COMPANIES TO TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

Article:  https://www.cyberinsecuritynews.com/ncfta

DEEPDOTWEB Indictment

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on DEEPDOTWEB Indictment

Administrators of DEEPDOTWEB indicted for money laundering conspiracy relating to kickbacks for sales of fentanyl, heroin, and other illegal goods on the darknet. https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdpa/pr/administrators-deepdotweb-indicted-money-laundering-conspiracy-relating-kickbacks-sales

AVALANCHE/GOZNYM USER PLEADED GUILTY

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on AVALANCHE/GOZNYM USER PLEADED GUILTY

Krasimir Nikolov was extradited to the US and charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of unauthorized access of a computer to obtain financial information, and three counts of bank fraud for his [...]

Pittsburgh Partnerships Assist Federal Law Enforcement in Nationwide Sex Trafficking Takedown

February 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Pittsburgh Partnerships Assist Federal Law Enforcement in Nationwide Sex Trafficking Takedown

PITTSBURGH—February 6, 2019—The Pittsburgh non-profit National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) in partnership with Marinus Analytics and the Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) supported federal law enforcement in a nationwide sex trafficking takedown. [...]

A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN OREGON UNSEALED TWO INDICTMENTS WHICH CHARGED SIX ADMINISTRATORS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS.

January 30th, 2019|Comments Off on A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN OREGON UNSEALED TWO INDICTMENTS WHICH CHARGED SIX ADMINISTRATORS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS.

NATIONWIDE STING OPERATION TARGETS ILLEGAL ASIAN BROTHELS, SIX INDICTED FOR RACKETEERING PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal grand jury in Oregon has returned two indictments charging six people with running sex trafficking organizations operating in the U.S., Canada [...]

Takedown of International Human Trafficking Organizations

January 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Takedown of International Human Trafficking Organizations

A federal grand jury in Oregon unsealed two indictments which charged six administrators of international human trafficking organizations. Law enforcement arrested individuals and seized 500+ domains which these organizations used to facilitate this criminal enterprise. [...]

Public-Private Partnership Takes Down Global Cybercriminals

January 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Public-Private Partnership Takes Down Global Cybercriminals

by Christopher Burgess on December 14, 2018 The year 2018 is stacking up to be the year of cybercrime prosecution, with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) flexing its muscle and truly demonstrating the “long arm of [...]

The intelligence community can do more to help turn back the opioid crisis

December 14th, 2018|Comments Off on The intelligence community can do more to help turn back the opioid crisis

Here are six ways the CIA can help turn back the overdose epidemic, including here at ‘ground zero’ in Western Pennsylvania CIA Director Gina Haspel recently told an audience at the University of Louisville that [...]

CyberDefenses Partners with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance to Deliver Cybersecurity Education in the Southwest Region

October 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on CyberDefenses Partners with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance to Deliver Cybersecurity Education in the Southwest Region

The partnership benefits industry beginners, pros by bringing together seasoned cybersecurity experts. AUSTIN, TX October 17, 2018 – CyberDefenses, a premier Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) since 2001, has paired up with the National Cyber-Forensics [...]

It Takes a Village to Stop Cybercrime: How Cyber Information Sharing Organizations Help Businesses in Need

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on It Takes a Village to Stop Cybercrime: How Cyber Information Sharing Organizations Help Businesses in Need

By Robert Kang[i] Adjunct Professor Loyola Law School, Los Angeles This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of the ACC Docket, The Association of Corporate Counsel. Click HERE for a .pdf of the [...]

NCFTA Announces New Cyber-Scholars Scholarship Program

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on NCFTA Announces New Cyber-Scholars Scholarship Program

Cybercrime, regardless of how you define it, is impacting our world at the rate of billions of dollars a year and is a clear threat to our national security. Cybercriminals are tearing at the very [...]

Russian Hacker Sentenced

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Russian Hacker Sentenced

“A Russian national was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for hacking into the accounts of two companies and issuing unauthorized debit cards associated with dependent care accounts to conspirators around the world, [...]

Three Members of FIN7 Arrested

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Three Members of FIN7 Arrested

“Three high-ranking members of a sophisticated international cybercrime group operating out of Eastern Europe have been arrested and are currently in custody facing charges filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle…According to three federal indictments [...]

74 Arrested for Involvement in Business Email Compromise

August 6th, 2018|Comments Off on 74 Arrested for Involvement in Business Email Compromise

“Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation Wire Wire, [...]

Conducting Cyber Research & Analysis in the Dark Web

August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Conducting Cyber Research & Analysis in the Dark Web

Nearly every day there are reports of new data breaches, vulnerabilities on devices and applications, illicit activities, and cyber attacks targeting private users, industry, and government agencies. The sources of cyber criminal activities come from [...]

THE NATIONAL CYBER-FORENSICS AND TRAINING ALLIANCE TO OPEN NEW OFFICES IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK

January 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Partnerships in the new locations will help to combat global cyber crime threats Pittsburgh, PA – January 8, 2016 – The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a growing non-profit cyber threat information sharing organization [...]

Europol and NCFTA partner up to fight cybercrime

January 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Europol and NCFTA partner up to fight cybercrime

Europol and NCFTA partner up to fight cybercrime https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/europol-and-ncfta-partner-to-fight-cybercrime “Leveraging Consumer Feedback to Identify and Combat Counterfeiting,” an article written by Laurie Iacono and Jason Calhoun of the NCFTA, was published in the December 2016 [...]