Crypto assets are a favourite means of payment for illicit activities such as using darknet marketplaces (DNMs), while maintaining anonymity. From Silkroad to Hydra, we have seen the making and breaking of large DNMs over the past years. The ability to buy illegal goods and services from the comfort of their homes and the difficulty in taking them down by governments are making DNMs more popular. How can the latest technology advancements used by vigilant law enforcements put an end to them?
Crypto-related scams are also evolving and posing a threat to investors. Alongside fake exchanges, Ponzi schemes, and phishing – social media and celebrity shillings also contributed to the promotion of bogus cryptocurrency investments. According to the Federal Trade Commission, crypto scams in 2021 were 12 times higher than in 2020.
Join as we break down the latest developments of illicit activities on:
· Darknet Markets
· Crypto Scams
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Mat Stanley: Detective Sergeant at Metropolitan Police
Mat is an experienced and proficient investigator with a proven track record of leading teams in Cybercrime, Crypto Currency and Dark Web investigations. With over 25 years of service with the London Metropolitan police, Mat has handled some high profile hacks, scams and thefts. Together with his team, he is constantly on the lookout for the next ways that crypto (or digital assets) can be used in crime – such as in hacks and ransoms, the dark web.
Allison Owen, Research Analyst at Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) of the Royal United Services Institute
Allison Owen is a Research Analyst at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. Her primary research projects focus on the policy and security dimensions of cryptocurrency and new payment methods. Allison leads RUSI’s work on cryptocurrency and counter-proliferation finance, focusing on North Korea’s use of crypto to evade sanctions, and provides guidance for the private and public sector to understand and mitigate associated threats.
Hugo Hoyland, Director at Kroll
Hugo specialises in accessing and analysing digital information sources, including internet infrastructure, social media and the deep web, and combining that with traditional off-line investigation techniques. As a Director in Kroll’s global Technology and Innovation Programme, his primary focus is on: Solving new kinds of client issues, especially by helping to bring the full range of Kroll’s services to the crypto and blockchain industry and Enhancing and broadening the scope of investigative techniques offered to Kroll’s clients globally by helping to keep Kroll at the forefront of technology-assisted investigations.
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