The Internet Police by Nate Anderson
How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed

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A nuanced study of crime on the Internet and how government and law enforcement agencies have been tackling it...A thought-provoking primer on the state of cybercrime.
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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 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.
 

About Nate Anderson

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Nate Anderson is a senior editor at Ars Technica. His work has been published in The Economist and Foreign Policy. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Published August 19, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 321 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 23 2013

A nuanced study of crime on the Internet and how government and law enforcement agencies have been tackling it...A thought-provoking primer on the state of cybercrime.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Robert Kolker on Nov 01 2013

His storytelling is brisk and lucid, often pithy but never glib. He recounts the pursuit of the “natural male enhancement” fraudster Steven Warshak...and Jammie Thomas, a single mother in Brainerd, Minn., who...ends up the star defendant in a landmark file-sharing case

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 03 2013

Anderson meticulously tracks the evolution of Internet policing and asks some glancing questions about the future of civil liberties, but in the end he shies away from a more searching, committed conclusion.

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