How the FBI gets frontline intelligence about what’s on the dark web

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A cadre of former intelligence officers is lurking on the dark recesses of the internet on behalf of federal law enforcement and a shortlist of wealthy clients.

Insiders tell Chris Bing of CyberScoop that the relationships are especially distinct because the companies operate in a hazardous legal environment where they must constantly balance operational risks and client interests while maintaining the government’s trust.

“It is certainly unique,” John Riggi, former FBI section chief for the Cyber Outreach Division, said of the relationship. “In some ways I would say it’s akin to a sort of neighborhood watch — although these security companies are obviously getting paid a lot to watch after a very, very dangerous neighborhood.”

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