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Cyber-sherlock sheds light on studies into counterfeit goods

A university sleuth investigating online bootleggers has spoken of his research into counterfeit markets – including revealing the moment he accidentally blocked off a chunk of Manhattan to scammers.

Understanding the money trail behind illicit internet businesses has been a passion of Damon McCoy, an assistant professor of computer science at New York University. On Monday, he told the Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco of his team’s research into the underground world of counterfeiters, and some successes in hurting their profits.

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