The Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) is a task force within the U.S. Secret Service that helps in the prevention, detection, mitigation and aggressive investigation of attacks on the nation's financial and critical infrastructures. It also investigates cases that involve electronic crimes. It was created pursuant to the USA PATRIOT Act. The Act mandated the U.S. Secret Service to establish a nationwide network of Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs). The concept of the ECTF network is to co-ordinate not only federal, state and local law enforcement, but also prosecutors, private industry and academia.