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Malicious cyber activity threatens the public’s safety and our national and economic security. The FBI’s cyber strategy is to impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries. Our goal is to change the behavior of criminals and nation-states who believe they can compromise U.S. networks, steal financial and intellectual property, and put critical infrastructure at risk without facing risk themselves. To do this, we use our unique mix of authorities, capabilities, and partnerships to impose consequences against our cyber adversaries.

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks and intrusions. We collect and share intelligence and engage with victims while working to unmask those committing malicious cyber activities, wherever they are.

Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from cyber criminals, how you can report cyber crime, and the Bureau’s efforts in combating the evolving cyber threat.

What You Should Know

Protect Yourself

  • Taking the right security measures and being alert and aware when connected are key ways to prevent cyber intrusions and online crimes. Learn how to protect your computer, network, and personal information.

Understand Common Crimes and Risks Online

  • Business e-mail compromise (BEC) scams exploit the fact that so many of us rely on e-mail to conduct business—both personal and professional—and it’s one of the most financially damaging online crimes.
  • Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information, like your Social Security number, and uses it to commit theft or fraud.
  • Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return.
  • Spoofing and phishing are schemes aimed at tricking you into providing sensitive information to scammers.
  • Online predators are a growing threat to young people.
  • More common crimes and scams

Respond and Report

File a Report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center

If you are the victim of online or internet-enabled crime, file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) as soon as possible. Crime reports are used for investigative and intelligence purposes. Rapid reporting can also help support the recovery of lost funds. Visit ic3.gov for more information, including tips and information about current crime trends.

Contact Your FBI Field Office

If you or your organization is the victim of a network intrusion, data breach, or ransomware attack, contact your nearest FBI field office or report it at tips.fbi.gov.

Combating the Evolving Cyber Threat

Our adversaries look to exploit gaps in our intelligence and information security networks. The FBI is committed to working with our federal counterparts, our foreign partners, and the private sector to close those gaps.

These partnerships allow us to defend networks, attribute malicious activity, sanction bad behavior, and take the fight to our adversaries overseas. The FBI fosters this team approach through unique hubs where government, industry, and academia form long-term trusted relationships to combine efforts against cyber threats.

Within government, that hub is the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF). The FBI leads this task force of more than 30 co-located agencies from the Intelligence Community and law enforcement. The NCIJTF is organized around mission centers based on key cyber threat areas and led by senior executives from partner agencies. Through these mission centers, operations and intelligence are integrated for maximum impact against U.S. adversaries.

Only together can we achieve safety, security, and confidence in a digitally connected world.

How We Work

Whether through developing innovative investigative techniques, using cutting-edge analytic tools, or forging new partnerships in our communities, the FBI continues to adapt to meet the challenges posed by the evolving cyber threat.

  • The FBI has specially trained cyber squads in each of our 56 field offices, working hand-in-hand with interagency task force partners.
  • The rapid-response Cyber Action Team can deploy across the country within hours to respond to major incidents.
  • With cyber assistant legal attachés in embassies across the globe, the FBI works closely with our international counterparts to seek justice for victims of malicious cyber activity.
  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) collects reports of Internet crime from the public. Using such complaints, the IC3’s Recovery Asset Team has assisted in freezing hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of cyber crime.
  • CyWatch is the FBI’s 24/7 operations center and watch floor, providing around-the-clock support to track incidents and communicate with field offices across the country.

The FBI Cyber Strategy

The FBI’s cyber strategy is to impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries through our unique authorities, our world-class capabilities, and our enduring partnerships. Learn more (pdf)

Partnerships

National Defense Cyber Alliance (NDCA)

The NDCA brings together experts from the U.S. government and cleared defense contractors to share threat intelligence in real time, with the goal of improving the network security of NDCA member organizations and gaining a greater understanding of the cyber threat landscape.

National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

Because of the global reach of cyber crime, no single organization, agency, or country can defend against it. Vital partnerships like the NCFTA have become an international model for bringing together law enforcement, private industry, and academia to build and share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop emerging cyber threats and mitigate existing ones.

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. The threat is incredibly serious—and growing.

Hemp Program Registration

2021 Registration is Now Open

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets now has an online hemp registration and compliance portal,hemp.vermont.gov, enabling Hemp Program participants to renew or complete a new registration application online. Central functions of the portal include the ability to map cultivation areas and processing sites within the registration application and to accept online payments via credit card and electronic check. A person is able to register all growing and processing activities on a single application.

A person must register with the program prior to growing, cultivating or processing hemp in the state of Vermont. Hemp “means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, including the seeds and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, acids, salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.”

Online Registration Overview

New registrants are encouraged to set up an account on the registration and compliance portal, login, and complete their application for registration online (please use a internet browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). The online registration is mobile device friendly, too. To help you complete an application there are tips throughout the process. There is also an FAQs page within the portal that provides answers to common questions about the registration process. When mapping make sure to map/draw the boundaries of your outdoor cultivation areas by setting multiple points using the draw polygon tool. Failure to completely outline the boundaries of your growing area will result in delays in processing your appication.

Once the program reviews and approves your registration, the registration document is automatically emailed to the email address entered when creating the user verified account. Applicants can also view and download their registrations directly in the portal and can print individual maps of cultivation areas and processing sites, as needed.

  • Grower Registration FAQ and Processor Registration FAQ
  • There are no deadlines to register. The VAAFM accepts submissions throughout the calendar year.
  • Registrations are not transferable.
  • Information provided to AAFM may be subject to disclosure under 1 V.S.A. §315 et. seq., Vermont Public Records Law.

A person registered to grow, process, or grow and process hemp for floral material production, viable seed, or cannabinoids shall not grow more acres of hemp or process more pounds of hemp than the amount identified in the registration without first notifying the Agency and paying an additional registration fee, if necessary. Please contact the [email protected] for more information.

The cost of registration to cultivate hemp for personal use is $25.00 in 2020. Personal use cultivation areas are limited to less than 0.5 acres. There is no requirement to register as a processor if processing for personal use. No hemp crops, products or infused products shall enter the commercial marketplace under a personal use registration. All other registration fees to grow and process hemp are increasing for the 2020 registration year and can be found in 6 V.S.A. § 570.

The cost of registration for commercial production of seed for food oil production or as a grain crop, or fiber is $100 regardless of the number of acres being grown and/or the number of pounds being processed annually.

An application to grow and/or process hemp commercially for floral material, viable seed outdoors, or to process crops to extract cannabinoids or other chemical compounds, is the greater of the number of acres planted or the dry weight of the hemp crop or viable seed processed annually.

  • Less than 0.5 acres or less than 500 pounds is $100.00
  • 0.5 to 9.9 acres or less than 10,000 pounds is $500.00
  • 10 to 50 acres or 50,000 pounds is $1,000.00
  • Greater than 50 acres or greater than 50,000 pounds is $3,000.00

An application to grow exclusively indoors (bringing plants to flower under lights), or grow and process that crop for commercial production of floral material, viable seed, or cannabinoids and processing of that harvest is based on the size of the indoor cultivation area. The fee to register an indoor cultivation area, including processing that crop, of

  • 500 square feet or less is $1,000.00; and
  • greater than 500 square feet is $2,000.00.

Once the Agency receives the complete application and payment it takes approximately 10 business days to certify locations and to issue the registration. Registrations are sent via email to the email address provided to the Hemp Program.

Registration using fillable/printable application form

An applicant may request a 2021 hemp registration application PDF form, from the Hemp Program. Please keep a copy of the complete submission for your records, including copies of submitted maps.

  • Applications and Maps must be complete and accurate and may be emailed to the [email protected]; or
  • The entire application may be mailed into the VAAFM along with the payment. If payment is mailed in separate from a complete emailed application form and map, the fee that is mailed must be accompanied by a copy of the registration form to facilitate tracking of payment.
  • R egistration guidanc e for PDF application
  • Mapping guidance for PDF application
  • Checks must be made out to VAAFM and mailed in to the address, below.
  • If you would like to amend a registration based on a PDF form submitted to the Hemp Program to increase your cultivation area or volume of materials processed , please complete an amendment application .

Please mail all fees noting in the memo line of the check that payment is for registration with the Hemp Program to:

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Licensing and Registration

116 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05620-2901

​Contact Information

Questions about registration can be directed to [email protected] or 802-828-1732.

Please note that Licensing and Registration does not assist applicants in completing the registration applications.

Hemp Program Registration 2021 Registration is Now Open The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets now has an online hemp registration and compliance portal,hemp.vermont.gov, enabling