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Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section

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Section Overview

The Cyber and 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 on 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. 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.

The Section also provides guidance to prosecutors throughout the Office on technological trends. In addition, as a part of the National Security Division, the Cyber AUSAs work in conjunction with attorneys from the Terrorism and Export Control Section on all matters dealing with National Security. 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, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Because of the global nature of cyber threats, investigating and prosecuting cyber-enabled crime 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

Ryan White

Ryan White is the Chief of the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he leads a team of eight federal cyber prosecutors. As a cyber prosecutor, Mr White has handled a wide variety of high-profile cases, including numerous national security, hacking, revenge porn, online threats, intellectual property, and fraud cases. He has handled trials involving theft of trade secrets, bank fraud, identity theft, trademark infringement, and weapons and narcotics trafficking.

Mr White joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2011.  He served as a member of the Criminal Appeals Section from 2012-2013 and then joined the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section.  In 2016, Mr White was appointed Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section, where he supervised dozens of rookie prosecutors on all aspects of pre- and post-indictment litigation.  After holding that position for one year, he returned to the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section as Deputy Chief.  He was promoted to Chief in 2018.

Mr White received the 2016 Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his leadership role in the investigation of civil rights abuses by high-ranking members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he has taught a course on cybercrime since 2014.

Mr White received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and then graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. After law school, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw on the Ninth Circuit.

Recent Cases

March 25, 2019
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Two L.A. County Crews Who Allegedly Used Darknet to Traffic Narcotics Face Federal Criminal Conspiracy Charges

March 14, 2019
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South L.A. Man Sentenced to More than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of Undercover Secret Service Agent

February 28, 2019
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Two Chinese Nationals Indicted on Federal Kidnapping and Extortion Charges in Scheme Involving $2 Million Ransom Demand

February 25, 2019
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Ex-NASA Contractor Who Hacked into Women’s Accounts and Threatened to Publish Nude Photos Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years

February 12, 2019
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Members of Hacker Collective Face Federal Charges for Attacking Computer Systems, Emailing Mass Hoax Bomb and Shooting Threats

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 March 25, 2019

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