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Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section

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Section Overview

The Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section investigates and prosecutes high-tech crimes, including both cyber-based attacks on the nation’s electronic infrastructure and economic crimes committed using computers, as well as intellectual property crimes, such as theft of intellectual property and economic espionage. The Central District is home to sensitive government computer installations, a significant high-tech industry, and the motion picture and recording industries, among many others. Protecting the security of these industries is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office, with particular emphasis on investigating and prosecuting sophisticated attacks on computer systems and intellectual property offenses. The Section also prioritizes cyber threats to individuals including cyber stalking, online threats, “sextortion,” and similar crimes.

As a part of the National Security Division, Cyber AUSAs work in conjunction with attorneys from the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section on all matters dealing with National Security, including hacking and economic espionage done at the behest of foreign powers. The prosecutors in all of our cases, of course, rely on the incredible dedication and expertise of cyber investigators at the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, and other law enforcement partners.  In addition, the Section also provides guidance to prosecutors throughout the Office on technological trends.

Because of the global nature of cyber threats, investigating and prosecuting cybercrime poses unique jurisdictional and technical challenges: cybercriminals operating in one foreign jurisdiction might use infrastructure in a second to victimize businesses or individuals located in other countries—all the while employing sophisticated technical methods to both magnify their capability for crime and shield them from law enforcement. Cybercrime is global and, thus, we attack it globally, working closely with foreign governments to address this global problem.

Click here for more information about the Office’s Cybersecurity Program.

Section Leadership

Cameron Schroeder

Cameron L. Schroeder is the Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section of the National Security Division.  Ms. Schroeder joined the Office in 2007, and her tenure has included prosecuting a wide variety of federal crime, including organized crime and drug prosecutions, national security investigations, and supervising the Office’s Complaints Unit.  She won a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in 2013 for her work on the prosecution of several members of the 18th Street Gang, who were responsible for numerous violent acts, including the murder of an infant and the attempted murder of a street vendor whom they were extorting.  Ms. Schroeder’s work since joining the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section has included complex malware investigations, network attack and computer intrusion cases, and large-scale copyright and trademark infringement cases.  Ms. Schroeder earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Russian Regional Studies from Barnard College. 

Recent Cases

May 20, 2020
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Koreatown Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges after Coercing Minor Girls to Send Him Sexually Explicit Images

March 3, 2020
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Glendale Man Who Schemed to Impersonate Dentists to Swindle Banks Out of $2.1 Million Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Federal Prison

March 2, 2020
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Santa Fe Springs ‘Shotcaller’ and Mexican Mafia Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for RICO Offenses, Including Rival Gangster’s Murder

February 21, 2020
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Santa Monica Man Arrested on Federal Charges of Staging Cyberattacks on Computer System of Congressional Candidate

January 29, 2020
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Indictment Charges Members of Inland Empire Drug Trafficking Ring with Transporting Kilograms of Cocaine by Mail and Trucks

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Attn: Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section
312 North Spring Street, 15th floor
Los Angeles, California 90012

Individuals who wish to report activity that they believe may be related to terrorism should call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

Updated May 20, 2020

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