HSI utilizes cutting edge technology and the expansive cyber expertise of its workforce to conduct high-impact investigations into individuals and networks who commit online criminal activity. Transnational criminals, particularly sophisticated organizations with elevated technical expertise, have increasingly taken advantage of the anonymity afforded by the dark web and the use of cryptocurrencies to facilitate multiple forms of cross border criminal activity. To combat this threat, HSI seeks to identify and investigate criminals who use darknet marketplaces to engage in a wide array of crime, including the purchase, sale, and/or transfer of drugs, weapons, child pornography, fraudulent documents, counterfeit or unlicensed pharmaceuticals, and strategic technology. Additionally, as access to and utilization of the internet expands globally, individuals, organizations and companies rely more heavily on digital information and records, which has substantially increased the number of criminal cyber intrusions in the U.S. and abroad. HSI strives to mitigate this threat by launching complex investigations and operations designed to thwart international criminals who target U.S.-based companies using sophisticated network-based attacks in order to steal and resell intellectual property, trade secrets, export-controlled technology and data, and other valuable information. These efforts help ensure the integrity of the internet and protect American consumers, businesses and the public at large from malicious cyber actors who pose a threat to national security and public safety.