FBI Creates Squad to Crack Down on Intellectual Property Thefts

Steve Neavling

 In an effort to crack down on cyber crimes, the FBI’s field office in Washington has created a squad to investigate intellectual property thefts, the Associated Press reports.

The team, assembled with a variety of experts, will investigate intellectual property and economic espionage and occasionally team up with the nearby Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

The AP said the investigations will range from counterfeit medications to trade secrets stolen by hackers.

“We’re looking at everything from health and safety to theft of trade secrets to intellectual property,” Trent R. Teyema, assistant special agent in charge of the office’s cyber branch.

Demand for the team has risen as hackers and cyberattacks become more common.

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