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SBI Computer Crimes Unit

The SBI Computer Crimes Unit helps law enforcement across North Carolina solve sophisticated crimes involving a computer. Agents combine technological expertise with investigative training to catch child predators and other criminals.
The unit’s 12 full-time Special Agents are stationed around the state in the SBI's eight field districts
Leading the Fight Against Child Predators
The SBI Computer Crimes Unit conducts proactive undercover investigations, responds to requests for assistance from law enforcement in North Carolina and around the world, provides computer forensic expertise to investigations, and follows up on Cybertipline referrals from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Computer Crimes Unit is also the lead agency in the NC Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which includes 135 law enforcement agencies across the state. North Carolina's ICAC is part of a nationwide network of law enforcement and prosecutors dedicated to protecting children from online dangers. The national ICAC includes sixty one coordinated task forces throughout the United States.

The SBI, as the lead agency for the North Carolina ICAC Task Force, is responsible for coordinating law enforcement efforts within North Carolina and providing investigative assistance to jurisdictions outside North Carolina. The ICAC Task Force tracks down predators who use the Internet to exploit children, and helps prosecutors when those cases go to court.
The SBI also has a Computer Forensics Unit in the State Crime Lab which specializes in digital and electronic media for evidence.
Contact SBI for Law Enforcement Help
To contact an SBI Agent for assistance on an Internet Crimes Against Children case or a Computer Crimes case, call your local SBI District Office or SBI headquarters at (919) 662-4500. Ask to speak to an agent about computer crimes.
Case Criteria


Internet crimes against children (top priority); requests for assistance from district attorneys, sheriff’s or police departments; requests from other ICAC Units; requests from out-of-state law enforcement where perpetrators cross jurisdictional boundaries; multi-person ID theft rings using the computer where large-scale losses occur; and intrusion and hacking investigations (on a case-basis only).
Special Agent in Charge: Lori Shank 
Request a Presentation
The Attorney General’s staff and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members offer Internet education and safety programs. Presentations are available to groups of North Carolina parents, educators and law officers.