The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed

The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed

by Nate Anderson


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Chaos and order clash in this riveting exploration of crime and punishment on the Internet.

Once considered a borderless and chaotic virtual landscape, the Internet is now home to the forces of international law and order. It’s not just computer hackers and cyber crooks who lurk in the dark corners of the Web—the cops are there, too.

In The Internet Police, Ars Technica deputy editor Nate Anderson takes readers on a behind-the-screens tour of landmark cybercrime cases, revealing how criminals continue to find digital and legal loopholes even as police hurry to cinch them closed. From the Cleveland man whose "natural male enhancement" pill inadvertently protected the privacy of your e-mail to the Russian spam king who ended up in a Milwaukee jail to the Australian arrest that ultimately led to the breakup of the largest child pornography ring in the United States, Anderson draws on interviews, court documents, and law-enforcement reports to reconstruct accounts of how online policing actually works. Questions of online crime are as complex and interconnected as the Internet itself. With each episode in The Internet Police, Anderson shows the dark side of online spaces—but also how dystopian a fully "ordered" alternative would be.

Includes an afterword that details law enforcement's dramatic seizure of the online black market Silk Road.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349450
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nate Anderson is the deputy editor at Condé Nast’s Ars Technica. He is the author of The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed, and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

1 Chaos, Strength of the Internet 1

2 Operation Nest Egg: All Police are Internet Police 31

3 "I Feel That He Is Watching Me": Privacy on the Computer 65

4 A Carnivore Goes Dark: Privacy on the Network 93

5 Natural Male Enhancement: Privacy on the Server 119

6 Tick/Tock: Spam I 135

7 Slippery Fish: Spam II 163

8 Groundhog Day: Private Policing at Internet Scale 185

9 Productive Chaos 229

Coda 245

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

Index 283

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