How the dark web makes identity theft easier

Doug Shadel with Neil Wertheimer
20-25 minutes
Greg Reid, Prop Stylist: Brian Byrne/AARP

BRETT JOHNSON IS AN IMPOSING and charismatic ex-con whom the U.S. Secret Service once dubbed the “Original Internet Godfather.” His criminal masterstroke? Creating “Shadowcrew,” one of the first online forums where bad guys could safely buy guns, stolen credit cards, Social Security numbers and every drug imaginable. But Shadowcrew was shut down by federal agents in 2004, and for the next decade Brett was in and out of prison. At one point he went on a four-month run from the law, funded by roughly $500,000 he stole from ATMs. That landed him on the Secret Service’s “Most Wanted” list.

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