The United States Secret Service (USSS) is a federal law enforcement agency headquartered in Washington, D.C. Established in the mid-19th century to fight counterfeiting, the Secret Service has evolved to serve a dual mission of investigating financial crimes and providing protection for the president, vice president, their families, and other political figures, both U.S. and foreign. Criminal investigations covered by the Service include computer and telecom fraud, identity theft and financial institution fraud - and recently, investigations into computer-based attacks on the nation’s financial and informational infrastructure, often under the auspice of anti-terrorist activities.
(by James Jay Carafano and Jamie Metzl, Heritage Foundation)
(by Paul Roberts, PC World)