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Welcome to our October 2020 Newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of

criminal investigation.

Sponsor our next issue: If you are a company and would like to sponsor the next issue email

Dale at info@the-investigator.co.uk

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email Carol at Carol@the-investigator.co.ukYou can either submit the written article yourself or we can write it for you.

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Met Head of Digital Intelligence highlights digital data challenges and opportunities

Operating in a world where digital data has transformed our entire culture has brought about unique challenges and opportunities for the UK’s biggest police forces.

 

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College of Policing launches consultation on draft guidelines for vulnerability-related risk

The College of Policing has launched a consultation exercise to help devise new guidelines around recognising and responding to vulnerability-related risk.

It wants to hear from investigators of all ranks, grades and roles within policing who come into contact with vulnerable people.

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Serious Violent Reduction orders considered for knife crime offenders

Consultation has begun on views around a new court order to target known knife and offensive weapon carriers.  Views are being sought about the new personalised stop and search powers called Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) that could help ensure repeat offenders are more likely to be caught and put in prison.

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County Lines crackdown results in major disruption to illegal activity

A week of activity co-ordinated by the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) resulted in major disruption to illegal activity across the UK. During the week, more than a thousand arrests were made and 1.551 vulnerable people were engaged with for safeguarding purposes.

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New Malware variant threatens smart devices in 84 different countries

Email security experts Barracuda Networks have discovered a new variant of the InterPlanetary Storm malware which has infected roughly 13,500 machines across 84 different countries and counting.  

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Operation Venetic brings haulage boss to justice over international trafficking conspiracy

The National Crime Agency (NCA) continues to target organised criminals as part of their successful operation called Venetic. The latest success includes the conviction of a haulage firm owner who used the encrypted messaging platform EncroChat to lead a criminal network  across Europe.

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Joint Intelligence Cell set up by UK and France to tackle immigration crime

A new joint unit of UK and French law enforcement officers working together to tackle organised immigration crime has been involved in the arrest of almost a hundred suspected people smugglers in France since it started work two months ago.

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White Paper sets out government plans for sentencing reform

The Government has launched a White Paper called ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’ that

sets out its proposals to deliver on manifesto commitments to reform the sentencing and

release framework in England and Wales.

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City of London Police investigation results in jail for crime gang who sold counterfeit, money drugs and firearms

Several members of an organised crime gang

involved in the sale of counterfeit currency, drugs and firearms have been jailed.

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National Cyber Security Centre reports increase in university malware attacks

The National Cyber Security Centre has been investigating an increased number of

ransomware attacks affecting education establishments in the UK, including schools, colleges and universities.

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Scheme that alerts police to suspected fraud scams prevents £19m of fraud

A scheme called the Banking Protocol that enables bank branch staff to alter police to suspected fraud scams has prevented £19 million of fraud in the first half of 2020.​ 

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Businessman with links to serious criminals loses property empire after settling £10m Unexplained Wealth Order case

A Leeds businessman with links to serious criminals has lost his vast property empire worth nearly £10m after a National Crime Agency investigation.

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EXCLUSIVE FEATURE

ERSOU – tackling the scourge of serious  and organised crime in Eastern England

Last month, when a criminal network was convicted of smuggling millions of pounds of Class A drugs into the UK, it was the culmination of the biggest ever drugs conspiracy investigation in the history of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

A staggering £4M of drugs was recovered from two shipments that were sent to a farm after being imported from the Netherlands. The gang had attempted to conceal the drugs in boxes for plastic spider catchers aswell as disguising them in Jack Daniels packaging.

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Cyan Forensics and Susteen introduce rapid scanning of smartphones for child sexual exploitation and counter terror investigators

Cyan Forensics, the Edinburgh-based company that delivers technologies to help policing find child abuse and terrorist material extraordinarily fast, has partnered with Susteen, the California-based developer of mobile forensic tools.

 

The partnership brings together two leading capabilities to create a portable, easy to use rapid triage capability for smartphones. The alliance will bring Cyan Forensics’ scanning technology to Susteen’s Datapilot DP10 platform.

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COMMENT

Remote Investigation Interviews: Here to stay?

The current climate of remote working and social distancing has certainly thrown a number of challenges to organisation, and employees, across the globe. The reliance on technology has never been in such high demand and the likes of virtual platforms to maintain contact with colleagues located across vast distances, keeping some form of ‘human’ interaction. By Gary Rogers Head of Investigation and Audit Services at The TCM Group.

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Conference Update

EXCLUSIVE

Live now! Digital Investigation Workshop – Live recording available for free access

A live recording of our Digital Investigation Workshop that we ran online on September 30 is now available to access.

 

It features a line-up of industry experts from AccessData, Chorus Intelligence, Cyan Forensics, MD5, Re-Knowledge and Genetec who are speaking about current challenges in the digital investigation world.

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Welcome to our September 2020 Newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of

criminal investigation.

Sponsor our next issue: If you are a company and would like to sponsor the next issue email

Dale at info@the-investigator.co.uk

Have your article published: If you are an investigator, an academic or subject matter expert

who would like to include an article in the next issue email Carol at Carol@the-investigator.co.uk

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College of Policing and Operation Hydrant update advice to SIOs dealing with allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse

The College of Policing and Operation Hydrant have today announced the publication of the updated version of its advice to Senior Investigating Officers (SIOs) examining allegations of non-recent institutional or high profile cases of child sexual abuse.

 

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• Federation welcomes plan to equip officers with more effective Taser

• Cyber criminals exploiting remote working during pandemic says Interpol

• New powers introduced to tackle hostile state activity

• Crime groups dismantled by infiltration of EncroChat encrypted networks

• Experts warns users about their discovering of 29 malicious Apps in Google Play

 

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Police should explore commercial partnerships to help combat vehicle crime

As the transition towards connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) gains pace, the issue of automotive cybersecurity has quickly risen up the ranks as a critical priority for industry and the government alike.

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Threat to UK from serious and organised crime is ‘chronic and corrosive’ says NCA Director General

The Head of the National Crime Agency Lynne Owens has described the threat from serious and organised crime in the UK as ‘chronic and corrosive.’

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NCA uncovers £17M property portfolio bought using criminal cash

An eight-year investigation by the National Crime Squad has resulted in the recovery of 59 properties worth £17 million that were paid for using the proceeds of crime including heroin importation and distribution, fraud and money laundering by an organised crime gang.

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The National Mobile Phone Property Register is a powerful tool that can identify stolen electronic devices but it is often underused by investigators. Andrew Kewley, Head of Policing Solution at Recipero explains its benefits.

 

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Fast-tracking Automotive Cybersecurity Innovation

While it is hugely positive to see the great strides that the automotive industry continues to make in developing vehicles with increasing levels of connectivity and automation, it is vital that this is met with a diligent approach to managing the according cybersecurity threat. As with all networked computing devices, increased connectivity, after all, often means a greater risk of a cybersecurity attack .

 

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Full Speed ahead in a UK approach to Automotive Cyber Security

As the transition towards connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) gains pace, the issue of automotive cybersecurity has quickly risen up the ranks as a critical priority for industry and the government alike. But with so many factors to consider, including not just the development of the technology needed to offer real-time responsiveness to threats.

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Staring into the Mind of the Fraudster: can an understanding of the anatomy and function of the brain help combat fraud?

Reading the mind of a fraudster might seem out of reach for most fraud investigators, however it may be possible for us to observe the inner thoughts of the fraudster by having an understanding of how the human brain functions.

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Better roads policing needed to prevent increase in deaths says Inspectorate

The importance of how roads in England and Wales are policed has diminished, according to a report by HMICFRS.functions.

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IBMi2 announced as silver sponsors for National Analyst’s Conference

IBMi2 will be making their debut at The Investigator online National Analyst’s Conference on 11 and 12 November.

Key IBM personnel will be providing an update of their i2 technology and how it’s helping to support the work of analysts.

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Financial crime training for investigators delivered using innovative

virtual training suite

Lawrie Day, CEO of AML Consulting (Global) Group Ltd and himself a former investigator,

explains how his company is leading the way in providing innovative virtual financial crime training for investigators. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted organisations to take a

fresh look at how it delivers training. Traditionally, organisations training people in

practitioner related skills have been required to incur expensive costs for to hiring training

venues and paying staff travel and accommodation.

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Conference Update

National County Lines Co-ordination Centre head to open conference

The Silver lead of the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre, Tim Champion is to headline our Investigating County Lines criminality conference on 14 and 15 October.

Organised by The Investigator, the conference is being held online and is aimed at investigators of all ranks and roles who want to develop their understanding of contemporary issues surrounding County Lines criminality.

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UK’s leading bug bounty hunter lead cyber hacking workshop

The Investigator is teaming up with international bug bounty hunter, ethical hacker and cybercrime trainer Tom ‘Nom Nom’ Hudson to host this exclusive CPD training workshop delivered via Team on November 17.

It is aimed at operational investigators from across the world including: cyber crime investigators, digital media investigators, analysts, major crime investigators and industry professionals.

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Head of Europol’s Digital Forensics Lab to speak at annual DMI Conference

The head of Europol’s Digital Forensics Laboratory at the European Cyber Crime Centre Donatas Mazeika is to headline our Digital Media Investigators Conference to be held online on November 18 and 19.

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Challenges and trends in serious and organised crime to be discussed at conference

The Investigator is hosting its Serious and Organised Crime Conference online for the first time to provide a contemporary snapshot of trends, challenges and best practice in this ever-evolving area of crime.

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Welcome to our July/August 2020 Newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep you updated with latest developments in the world of

criminal investigation.

Sponsor our next issue: If you are a company and would like to sponsor the next issue email

Dale at info@the-investigator.co.uk

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who would like to include an article in the next issue email Carol at Carol@the-investigator.co.uk

You can either submit the written article yourself or we can write it for you.

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Cellebrite, the global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for public and private sectors,

today announced the launch of Cellebrite Crypto Tracer, a new comprehensive

cryptocurrency investigation solution designed to accelerate investigations involving

blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The solution, powered by CipherTrace, features

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activities, including money laundering, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, weapon sales, and ransomware schemes. 

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College of Policing to provide online

digital awareness training to 20,000

new recruits

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.

 

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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.

 

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Durham Police rolls-out mobile

devices to investigators to enable

access to on-scene intelligence as

part of innovative Red Sigma IT

system

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.

 

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Investigators praised by College of

Policing for their response to

pandemic

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.

 

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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

George Floyd.

 

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Fraudsters capitalise on Covid-19

with fake vaccines and PPE in

worrying new fraud trend warns

Cifas

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.

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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

printing.  

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Responding to the unknown:

Establishing a proactive cyber

security strategy in an age of

Coronavirus

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

and people. 

 

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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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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

court.

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.

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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. 

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College of Policing offers career

pathway for cyber and digital

investigators

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.

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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.

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Landmark Bitcoin judgments

classifies cryptocurrencies as

property

 

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.

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PLUS:

• 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

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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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Dark Web Investigations 

Authorship Analysis Techniques 
Online Training Workshop 

Date: tbc

 

Join the Investigator for this exclusive

dark web training event run by: Amanda Towler from world-leading dark web experts Hyperion Gray LIVE from the USA alongside Professor Jack Grieve, Corpus Linguistics expert from the University of Birmingham LIVE from the UK.

 

• Joint training conducted LIVE on Microsoft Teams from experts from the USA and UK

• A one-day event aimed at dark web investigators and other cyber investigators from across the world who are proficient at working on the dark web and who want to broaden their practical skills