The Witness to History series brings together the men and women of Law Enforcement who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. These talks take place in the Museum’s theater for information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.
On April 8, 2014, the National Law Enforcement Museum and the International Spy Museum hosted a panel discussion on the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the illegal website, DarkMarket. Shawn Henry, former Assistant Director of the FBI led the conversation between Special Agent J. Keith Mularksi of the FBI’s Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit and Kevin Poulsen, Investigative Editor of Wired. Selling stolen personal credit and identity information online was not a recent phenomenon, in 2005 when DarkMarket was created to be a one-stop shop for illicit data. The online site became a hub for underground criminal enterprise, with over 2,500 registered members at its peak. In 2008, Agent Mularkski creatively masked his true identity to join DarkMarket under the handle Master Splyntr and remained undetected for two years. His ingenious efforts were responsible for preventing millions in financial loss and resulted in 60 worldwide arrests.
This program was generously sponsored by Target