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Digital intelligence for a safer world
Cellebrite Adds Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Investigations Solution
to Industry Leading Digital Intelligence Platform
Cellebrite’s Crypto Tracer Solution Gives Investigators Unparalleled Visibility
into Cryptocurrency Movement
Cellebrite, the global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for public and private sectors,
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blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The solution, powered by CipherTrace, features
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investigators, analysts and non-technical agents. The solution empowers teams to lawfully
obtain evidence and trace criminals who use bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for illicit
activities, including money laundering, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, weapon sales, and ransomware schemes.
College of Policing to provide online
digital awareness training to 20,000
The College of Policing has received Home
Office funding to prepare a suite of training
products to support the new 20,000 recruits
to ensure they are digital savvy from day one
of their policing careers.
Cifas Chief Intelligence officer calls
for status of fraud investigations to
be raised by police and wider public
and private sector
A former senior police officer who worked at
the highest level in fraud investigations and
wider economic crime has called on the service
and wider public sector to raise the status of
fraud as a crime.
Durham Police rolls-out mobile
devices to investigators to enable
access to on-scene intelligence as
part of innovative Red Sigma IT
Investigators in Durham Police are being given
state-of-the-art mobile devices to enable them
to access vital intelligence and submit crime
reports in real time as part of an ongoing
project to revolutionise the way the force
records and responds to incidents of high
harm and vulnerability.
Investigators praised by College of
Policing for their response to
The Crime lead for the College of Policing said
this week he was ‘impressed and proud’ at
how investigators and other officers adapted
so quickly and professionally to new ways of
working during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
UK police stand with those appalled
by George Floyd death
UK police leaders have published a statement
about George Floyd's death. Chief constables
from forces across the country, chair of the
National Police Chiefs' Council, chief executive
of the College of Policing, President of the
Police Superintendents' Association and the
chair of the Police Federation of England and
Wales, have spoken following the death of
Fraudsters capitalise on Covid-19
with fake vaccines and PPE in
worrying new fraud trend warns
Opportunists and organised gangs of
fraudsers have been duping the unsuspecting
public with a series of scam relating to the
current Coronavirus pandemic, fraud
prevention organisation Cifas said this week.
The Driving Force Behind Modern
Investigations: Digital Intelligence
More than ever, criminals are utilizing digital
devices and data. Today, 90 per cent of law
enforcement cases worldwide include at least
one digital device or cloud application and
most investigations involve multiple devices.
UK forensic scientists adapt
fingerprint techniques to help
investigators bring Pangolin
traffickers to justice
A team of scientists and experienced
investigators from the University of Portsmouth
have joined the battle to stop the pangolin
becoming extinct, by adapting forensic
fingerprinting techniques that lift finger-marks
from the scales of these endangered animals.
Forensic scientists at the University
of Portsmouth have discovered a
new way of presenting fragile
evidence, by reconstructing a
‘jigsaw’ of human bone fragments
using 3D printing
Forensic scientists at the University of
Portsmouth have discovered a new way of
presenting fragile evidence, by reconstructing
a ‘jigsaw’ of human bone fragments using 3D
University of Buckingham launches
MA in Transnational Organised
Crime to support increasingly
complex nature of investigations
The growing complex nature of serious and
organised crime and the challenges that brings
to investigators has prompted the University
of Buckingham to launch a new MA in
Transnational Organised Crime.
Cifas launches Fraud and Cyber Academy to support on-going learning for financial investigators and industry professionals
Leading fraud prevention organisation Cifas, will this month launch a Fraud and Cyber Academy that offers a range of exciting new accredited courses and qualifications aimed at providing investigators and industry professionals with the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in this complex area of investigation.
The Independent not for profit organisation that works to reduce fraud in the UK has teamed up with leading academic and industry organisations to offer both online and classroom-based courses that range from short one and two days to longer courses and post graduate certificates. It will also provide bespoke training tailored to individual organisations needs.
Responding to the unknown:
Establishing a proactive cyber
security strategy in an age of
As coronavirus continues to spread across the
world, many businesses are neglecting to
shore up their cybersecurity defences for their
new remote workforce. With BYODs (bring your
own devices) looking set to become ever more
popular, criminals are looking to take
advantage of vulnerable devices, networks
Car criminals will find it increasingly
difficult to steal, clone, strip and
traffic vehicles post-Brexit
Whilst it is only seven months before driving on
the continent for many of us both here in the
UK and for those visiting from the EU will see
changes to their Passport validity, Driving
Licences, International Driving Permits (IDP)
and European Green Cards (EIC), no one seems unduly worried yet except rather pleasingly the criminal fraternity who are
likely to find it much tougher to carry on
dealing in the stealing, cloning, stripping and
trafficking of stolen motor vehicles.
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Tracking and Analytics
Pilot study launched to set new
standards for cell site evidence
Forensic Science Regular Dr Gill Tully is to
launch a pilot study to test the validity of cell
site analysis amid concerns about the way it
is being used by police forces as evidence in
Dr Tully has announced that an unnamed
number of UK forces and private
organisations have now applied to be part of
the initial scientific trials that will act as a
precursor to the formal pilot study for
accreditation of organisations undertaking
cell site analysis. The timescale has been affected by the current lockdown, but the trials will be carried out as soon as possible, with the pilot then able to proceed.
Dr Gill Tully
Tracking and Analytics
Exclusive! Three leading
investigative interviewing experts
debate the complexities of remote
interviews in the current pandemic
To remotely interview or not - that is the
question: Considering the safety, health and
well-being of witnesses, victims and
interviewers by Professor Becky Milne,
Centre of Forensic Interviewing, University of
Portsmouth; Professor Coral Dando, Criminal,
Investigative & Forensic Research Group,
University of Westminster and Dr Kevin Smith, National Crime Agency.
The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown is forcing everyone to seek novel and often virtual or remote solutions for dealing with day-to-day interactions that would normally be face-to-face.
College of Policing offers career
pathway for cyber and digital
The Cyber Digital Career Pathway Project is a
College Of Policing led and Home Office
backed project to create Career Pathways
and professionalisation for Cyber Digital
Investigators across Law Enforcement. Senior
Project Advisor DI Alan Martin explains the
rationale behind the project.
The Cyber Digital Career Pathways Project was created in response to concerns that individuals working on cyber and digital investigations were leaving law enforcement for private industry. It was also highlighted that despite their skills, individuals working in this area were not recognised as specialist professionals. In addition, there were incidents were the veracity of their evidence had been challenged in court.
Current picture of County Lines
criminality highlighted in new research
A new study of current county lines criminality has
been released by Professor Simon Harding who is
Director of the National Centre for Gang Research,
based at University of West London.
The National Centre for Gang Research has been
established to study youth violence and its causes
so we can inform and contribute to the wider
responses around the issue.
The Centre brings together key gang scholars and practitioners to research and expand our understanding on a range of key issues affecting street gangs, for example: the evolution of UK urban street gangs, changes in UK drugs markets, the impact of social media on gang youth, gang dynamics, weaponisation.
Landmark Bitcoin judgments
classifies cryptocurrencies as
In a case regarding a ransom payment
made in Bitcoins to hackers, who
encrypted an insurance company’s
computer system, the judge Bryan J
concluded that crypto assets such as
Bitcoins are property and can be the
subject of a proprietary injunction.
Litigation experts Steven De Lara and
Colin Grech discuss the implications of this landmark judgement.
In reaching his conclusion, the judge considered and endorsed much of the reasoning in the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce's legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts of November 2019.
• New technology used to convict man for
infecting police with COVID-19
• Fake coronavirus emails scams emerge
as worrying new fraud trend
• Europol report warns human traffickers
are finding new ways to lure victims
• Criminal network serving 50 years ‘bird’
for importing cocaine in chicken
• Home Office to publish paper into
group-based child sexual exploitation
• Interpol forms a global alliance to
highlight cyber threats during Pandemic
• National Crime Agency recovers
$8 million linked to international organised crime
• New software uses artificial intelligence to investigate human trafficking cases
New software uses artificial
intelligence to investigate
human trafficking cases
Investigators can now search multiple
hard-to-access online sources to detect
human trafficking activity using
cutting-edge new software.
The TellFinder software uses artificial
intelligence to search thousands of
hours of content to both identify victims and criminal networks on the deep web. As the deep web is a hidden area of the internet that is not indexed by standard search engines, it proves challenging for investigators to access.
Using the TellFinder software can help investigators identify patterns across postings from review forums, discussion boards and advertisements that they would usually find difficult or impossible to access. It is trained to decipher so called ‘messy data’ such as phone numbers and aliases giving investigators the ability to search across hundreds of sites.
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