Episode 218: Darren Mott — Cybercrime, Online Software Piracy

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)

Darren Mott

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:


FBI Website – Intellectual Property Theft/Piracy

In episode 4 of his podcast, The CyBUr Guy, Darren Mott interviewed the source from this online piracy cybercrime case.










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Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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