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Retired agent Darren Mott served in the FBI for 20 years. During his first field assignment to the Charlotte Division, he worked on a squad that handled cybercrime cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Darren reviews a software intellectual property theft case code named Operation Sudden Urge. This internet piracy investigation which used a well-placed informant, multiple clandestine computer servers, and undercover identities resulted in search warrants and arrests in over 20 US cities, and across 7 countries, making it, at the time, one of the FBI’s largest online takedowns.
Later in his career, Darren was promoted several times, initially to the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ), then to run a Cybercrime squad in the Cleveland Division, and then back to FBIHQ as an Unit Chief and assistant to the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division. His last transfer was to the Birmingham Division, where he was the Supervisory Special Agent of Counterintelligence Squad and Outreach Coordinator.
Since retiring from the FBI, he is currently working as a Senior Staff member and Deputy Operations Director at National Cybersecurity Operations Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Darren is the host of The CyBUr Guy Podcast, featuring discussions on historical FBI cyber and counterintelligence cases and current cybercrime issues.
Special Agent (Retired)
09/26/1999 – 09/28/2019
“Technology advances very quickly. The bad guys figure out how to exploit that technology a lot quicker than anybody else… Law enforcement is quite a bit behind in figuring out how the bad guys use it to commit crimes.”—Retired Agent Darren Mott
The following are links to articles about online piracy takedowns and intellectual property crime:
DOJ Press Release – 07-28-05: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES EIGHT CHARGED IN INTERNET PIRACY CRACKDOWN
FBI Website – Intellectual Property Theft/Piracy
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