Meet Cyberspace’s Head Fed

“Nailing the Net’s most wanted takes a combo of tech wizardry and good, old-fashioned police work, says FBI agent Daniel Larkin

FBI agent Daniel Larkin was destined, it seems, to be a cybersleuth. Fresh out of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in criminology in the early 1980s, Larkin went to work installing surveillance equipment and dabbled as a private investigator.

A twentysomething whiz kid with no engineering background, he convinced city officials in Pittsburgh to let him install a closed-circuit TV system in the subway network and even wrote the design manuals himself. As a PI, he customized cameras and snuck them into clocks and ceiling lights at retail stores to nail employees stealing merchandise.”

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