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As social media evolves right in front of our eyes, we're beginning to see more and more crimes solved with the help of the internet. Sometimes, such as in the case of the Boston Bomber, the internet’s detective skills aren't so successful. However, in the cases written about in this list, the internet evidence is what helped crack a story wide open. The internet detectives below understand that the web is more than just a tool for research; it can be used to bring about positive change in the world and solve mysteries that have long been forgotten, as well as new stories that seem hopeless.
Some of the instances on this list of the internet being harnessed to stop bad guys are run-of-the-mill lost computer stories, but some of these stories have impacted the way that authorities use the internet in court cases. Some of the online vigilantes profiled here have brought rapists to justice and solved cold cases that were decades old, helping to bring closure to the families and loved ones involved.
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