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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has teamed up with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to form a Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force that will investigate cyber-related criminal activities in the New York region.

“The task force model that has been successfully employed in response to bank robbery and terrorism cases is now being applied to the cyber realm,” said FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos. “The FBI continues to develop positive working relationships with our fellow law enforcement officers in our joint efforts to tackle criminal activity, and we look forward to working with our partners at the NYPD and MTA to combat cyber crime.”

The task force will operate out of the FBI’s offices and will utilize the combined resources from all three agencies in their investigations, including the Bureau’s cyber investigations curriculum, which is made up from both internally-developed and outside industry certified materials.

“Cyber crime knows no geographical boundaries and expands the exposure to victims literally throughout the world. This task force extends the reach of law enforcement to help identify, pursue, and prosecute those who commit cybercrime wherever they may be,” said NYPD Police Commissioner William J Bratton. “The NYPD is proud to be part of this collaboration with local, federal, and international agencies, which will help combat this threat by using modern day technology.”

This new task force is one of dozens the FBI has established across the country as part of their Next Generation Cyber Initiative, which focuses on combating the growing threat of cyber crime through increased intelligence sharing efforts with other agencies.

“We recognize cyber crime as an expanding threat. The establishment of this interagency task force enables us to better share information and harness the most effective resources of all of our law enforcement partners in order to combat, mitigate, and prosecute the activities of malicious hackers or anyone who would use digital tools to do harm to MTA customers,” said MTA Chairman Prendergast.

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