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FBI and Justice Department to Crackdown on e-Commerce Counterfeits

The Justice Department and FBI will launch a new collaborative strategy to more closely partner with manufacturers in intellectual property enforcement and prosecution. The FBI will work to ensure that third party e-commerce marketplaces have the right analytical tools and techniques to combat intellectual property concerns on their websites.

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Facebook Loses Appeal on New York Search Warrants

A New York state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had no legal standing to challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers.

U.S. Charges Bitcoin Exchangers Linked to Silk Road Drug Bazaar

Federal prosecutors unsealed criminal charges on Monday against a pair of individuals who they say sold Bitcoins that were later used to buy and sell drugs on Silk Road, signaling a desire by law enforcement to target those who use crypto currencies to facilitate shady activities.

FBI Seizes Online Narcotics Black Market

The FBI has shut down the Silk Road online black market for drugs and charged site operator Ross Ulbricht with engaging in a "massive money-laundering" operation and of trying to arrange a murder-for-hire.

Skype Makes Chat Data More Available To Police

Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police.

Ind. SWAT Team Tricked Into Raiding Grandma's Home

Indiana police have arrested the man they believe made online threats against law enforcement and caused the Evansville Police Department's SWAT team to raid the home of an 18-year-old and her grandmother.

FBI: Internet Address Switchover Could Impact Online Investigations

The FBI is worried that an explosion of new Internet numeric addresses scheduled to begin Wednesday may hinder its ability to conduct electronic investigations.

Trolling for Predators

Luckily, there is a new breed of law enforcement officials who are tracking what the NCMEC now calls “Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children,” and these officers can be found online all over the country, ferreting out pedophiles on their own turf: the chat room.

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