Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Where to report Internet Crime...

So you've been hacked, spammed, ripped off and defrauded...now what?

Here are some tips....

Here are some useful links for reporting fraud: Internet Fraud

You can report crimes at the Internet Crime Complaint center:
Internet Crime Complaint Center

If it is a crime by someone within the US, there is a link on the FBI web site.

If it is a crime committed by someone outside of the US you may want to report it to the CIA and related web sites.

You can report your hacker traffic trends at SANS Institute. The more people submit firewall logs the more information they have to analyze and compile research to help thwart hackers.

For spam you can report it in some cases to your local government officials. Some states have laws against spam and will prosecute so try your state prosecuting attorney's office. You can also report to anti-spam organizations that go after and try to prosecute spammers such as Spam Cop. Here are some good links: How to Report Spam In the case of spam if you know how to look at email headers, report the spam to the offending network - and not just the local network if it is a company - but the larger network such as AT&T, Comcast or SBC.

In the case of bots and extraneous network traffic report the excessive traffic to the offending network, same as above and the server owner if possible. In some cases you can find out the owner of a computer by doing a reverse look up on the IP address to get the domain name. You can also use tools like DNSStuff.com to look up an IP address and find out the abuse email of the offending network. Send them your logs so they have accurate information with time and date to track down the offending person or malware infected machine.

Make sure you report known bugs and affected software to the vendors that make the hardware and software that may be the source of the problem. The more people that report the problem the better the chance it will be solved.

Write to your local, state, and federal representives for issues such as fraud, identity theft, hacking and spam so they understand and address your concerns. Some of these issues on the international level require government knowledge, diplomacy, more approriate laws and better law enforcement to be resolved.

More useful links on reporting Internet crime:

Report fraud here: http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/cyberfraud/tellus.htm and read more about it here: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml or here: http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/internetschemes.htm

CyberCrime: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/

Internet Scams: http://www.scambusters.org/

Reporting Internet Crime in the UK: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/internet-crime/