How to Infiltrate the Internet Underworld

On July 15, law enforcement authorities from 20 countries arrested more than two dozen suspects allegedly associated with Darkode, an online forum for malicious hacking. For agencies tasked with cracking down on the Internet's underworld, it was a rare victory, cyber experts told The Crime Report. The Darkode bust, they said, shows that you don't have to scour the deep web — a part of the Internet that isn't indexed by Google — to find illegal products. The Internet is home to hundreds of illicit markets, where products ranging from hacking tools and codes to guns and drugs can be purchased with relative anonymity. Neverthless, busting illicit markets in cyberspace remains extremely difficult. A TCR investigation revealed the hoops investigators must jump through to target these growing illegal markets.

Glenn Martin’s “Prison-Like” White House Experience

Two weeks after criminal justice advocate Glenn Martin was nearly denied access to a White House event he was invited to, he's still waiting for an explanation. In a widely distributed “open letter” to President Barack Obama last week, Martin revealed that he was required to have a special escort in order to enter the White House complex for a discussion with senior officials on breaking down barriers facing ex-prisoners. Martin, who is one of the country's leading advocates for ending those barriers, is an ex-inmate himself. Now head of JustLeadershipUSA, he served time for a robbery conviction 20 years ago—and has since achieved national prominence for his work with former prisoners. Although he was invited to the meeting, along with a select group of advocates, scholars, elected officials and law enforcement authorities, he was treated as a security risk.