The Internet Police
How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed
Nate Anderson ventures behind the screens of landmark cybercrime cases that test the limits of law and order online.
Australian police uncover a laptop filled with child pornography; Belgian investigators trace the videos to a Ukrainian "studio" where they were filmed; the studio owner reveals the e-mail addresses of 20,000 American clients—and the FBI uncovers the largest child porn ring in US history. The discovery of "The Cache" offers a disturbing portrait of how criminals operate online—and how investigators have learned to respond. This is just one of the stories in The Internet Police, in which Nate Anderson gives readers a look at how the Internet was patrolled by "Carnivore", the FBI’s Internet wiretap tool; how the man behind the "natural male enhancement" pill Enzyte helped protect the privacy of e-mail and why a Russian spam king ended up in jail after a trip to Las Vegas. The Internet: borderless, anonymous, chaotic? Not any more.