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

Graham Cluley

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

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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Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

7 Replies to “If you find the FBI’s cybercrime webpage can you let them know?”

    1. 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!)

    1. 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.

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

  2. 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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