State Security Service of Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, the State Security Service has a Department of Combating Crimes in Communications and IT, within the General Directorate of Combating Organised Transnational Crimes. It has the power to investigate computer-related crimes, including hacking attacks against computers and vital state infrastructure, illegal interception and interference with data, computer-related fraud, crimes on the Internet, child abuse, and racism. Its activities mainly aim at fighting child pornography, signs of terrorism in the Internet, embezzlement and fraud related to the use of information technology and the Internet.

There is an ongoing reform by which more investigative powers are eventually transferred to the Ministry of Interior from the State Security Service; in this light, the Ministry of Interior would have a more prominent role in investigating cybercrime offences and in dealing with electronic evidence in the near future, while the State Security Service would retain investigative jurisdiction on cybercrime threatening the national security, such as attacks on critical information infrastructure.