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Experts predicted that the FBI’s new program would continue investigation strategies to police darknet marketplaces and make purchases in order to catch site administrators in similar ways to what it’s done in past operations. Eric Jardine, a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation who researches cybersecurity, said that taking a more targeted approach to policing the darknet for illegal drug markets could allow law enforcement to become familiar with the technology employed.

“It’s a U.S. social problem that they’re trying to combat with what seems like, on the face of it, a U.S.-centric response,” Jardine said. “But the problem is actually...

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