Fighting Organized Cyber Crime – War Stories and Trends

Presented at DEF CON 14 (2006), Aug. 4, 2006, 10 a.m. (50 minutes)

As one of the pioneers of partnerships for the FBI, Thomas X. Grasso, Jr. of the FBI's Cyber Division will outline how the FBI has taken this concept from rhetoric to reality over the past 5 years. This presentation will explore how the mantra "make it personal" has aided the FBI in forging exceptional alliances with key stake holders from industry, academia and ln a enforcement both domestically and abroad. This presentation will also outline how such collaborations have helped to proactively advance the fight against an increasingly international and organized, cyber crime threat.


  • Supervisory Special Agent Thomas X. Grasso - Jr.
    Tom Grasso began working with computers in 1993 as a network administrator. In 1998 Mr. Grasso received an appointment to the position of Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After attending new agents training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Grasso was transferred to the FBI's Chicago Field Office where he was assigned to the Regional Computer Crime Squad. In the fall of 2000, Mr. Grasso was transferred to the FBI's Pittsburgh Field Office and assigned to the High Technology Crimes Task Force where he served as the FBI Liaison to the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Grasso is now part of the FBI's Cyber Division and is assigned to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) in Pittsburgh, a joint partnership between law enforcement, academia, and industry. Mr. Grasso is a 1991 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he majored in Geological Sciences and minored in Music.


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