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Cyber Crime Trend: The Unlawful Activities of the Dark Web

Cyber Crime Trend: The Unlawful Activities of the Dark Web

Portions of the internet invisible from standard search engines, known as the "Dark Web," are providing rapidly increasing user base access to many illegal activities online. Dark Web websites are publicly visible, yet hide the IP addresses of the servers that run them using anonymity software like Tor or I2P. These software programs encrypt internet traffic in multiple layers and bounce it across randomly selected computers around the world. This lets anyone using one of these programs access a site, but it can be difficult to locate its servers and users. 

Information Sharing is a Linchpin for Securing Special Events

Information Sharing is a Linchpin for Securing Special Events

After the tragic events of 9/11, there was overwhelming consensus that a coordinated effort against terrorism and other public safety threats was required between the nation’s entire law enforcement, emergency management, and intelligence apparatus. This includes the identified requirement to secure large-scale public events. These events present a potential target for terrorism and other crimes based on size, scope, and especially notoriety.

Buyer Beware – The Crime of Counterfeit Goods

With the celebration of major sports events like Super Bowl XLIX, and the ensuing zeal of football fans to attend it, many fans are determined to own a piece of Super Bowl history. Unfortunately, unscrupulous vendors and criminal organizations that specialize in selling counterfeit merchandise, such as tickets and jerseys, will defraud some of these fans. Each year people throughout the United States unwittingly purchase “genuine” memorabilia only to learn that they have been defrauded hundreds, or in some instances, thousands of dollars, for a counterfeit product.

Information Sharing – A Question of Trust?

Information Sharing – A Question of Trust?

In the years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, government information sharing has received significant public attention. Much lamented failures to ‘connect the dots’ among scattered pieces of data held by different government entities became a rallying point for government reform. The doctrine of “need to know” gave way to the mantra of “responsibility to share.”

Securing the World Series

Securing the World Series

The World Series draws fans and interest from around the world, and consequently is at risk for many different security threats such as terrorist acts, criminal activity, and unruly crowds. As a result, the MLB, state, and Federal agencies must work together to respond to potential threats and ensure the safety of the players and spectators.