If you find the FBI's cybercrime webpage can you let them know?

404 – Webpage not found.

I wanted to find the list of resources the FBI provide for reporting a data breach.

So, naturally, I used a search engine.

"FBI cybercrime", I googled.

Watch my video to see what happened next.

Of course, it's unlikely that hackers have caused the FBI's main cybercrime page to disappear.

It's much more likely that someone on the FBI web team has screwed up, and not put a redirect in place.

It is embarrassing though, and hardly helpful for people - like me! - who were trying to legitimately find information on the FBI's website.

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7 Responses

  1. Squint19

    July 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber

    • Graham Cluley in reply to Squint19.

      July 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

      Yup. So all they need to do is add a redirect from https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber (which was working a few days ago, and which Google clearly still feels is correct!)

  2. james carr

    July 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    you are an idiot. if you search – FBI cyber crime – tons of links show up.

    • Graham Cluley in reply to james carr.

      July 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks. I'm aware of that.

      We're in the process of writing an article for the site about how to report cybercrime. Which is how we know that the relevant page on the FBI site *was* https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber but now it's changed.

      FBI hasn't put in a redirect. Google still thinks people should be taken to the old URL, which they offer as the first search result.

      Which means folks get a page not found.

      I could have said all this in the video. Presumably then you wouldn't have said I was an idiot, but more importantly no-one would have found the video funny.

  3. Bill Dillo

    July 20, 2016 at 1:10 am #

    https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber. Didn't take that long.

  4. Matthew Parkes

    July 20, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Can we report James Carr to the FBI cyber crime unit for being an intolerant individual who missed the point completely?

  5. graphicequaliser

    July 21, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    I went to https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber and, frankly, I was seriously disappointed by their "skimming" of the subject. Not one mention of MITM attacks, eavesdropping, and other techniques (UART hacks, Intermediate Certificate forgeries…) The FBI are absolutely useless because of their lack of technical prowess, and their huge inertia from being such a large and publicly-accountable organisation, means that they cannot change quickly enough to keep up with IT developments.

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