U.S. Investigators Taking a Closer Look at IP Addresses Cited in SARs: FBI Agent

By Colby Adams

U.S. investigators are increasingly querying the nation's database of bank secrecy information for suspicious activity reports that include mentions of unusual Internet Protocol addresses, a federal official recently told bankers. "It's something we're going to be looking out for more and more, not just in cybercrime cases but in all of our criminal cases, like white-collar crime and international drug trafficking," said Bryan Smith, head of the financial crimes section of the FBI's criminal investigations division. The attention paid to IP addresses follows a March 2012 upgrade by the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to the suspicious...