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Crypto Currency Investigations
Tuesday, September 13 - Thursday, September 15, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mountain View, CA

NCHIDTA

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Law Enforcement in general, do not possess the knowledge to immediately recognize, identify, target and potentially sweep illicit value to safety in the field. With this course, attendees will become far better sources of crypto information on an investigation and gain the capability of outlining and shaping information passed on to cyber and forensics personnel.

Upon leaving this course, attendants will be able to materially contribute to a crypto investigation and understand at a minimum the following:

• The basics of Bitcoin and other popular coins.
• Coin wallets & exchange services.
• Using blockchain explorers in the field to run discovered coin addresses forward and backward.
• Google Dorking to find a transaction on the blockchain quickly from as little as one data point.
• Transacting with subjects (suspects) or machines to analyze their coin transactions.

This is not a Dark Net course (although Dark Net specialists would benefit from this course). This course teaches hands on, crypto investigative techniques.  All practical exercises will involve actual coin transactions conducted and analyzed by attendees. Exploitation of phones, computers and coin hardware storage devices will also be executed attendees as well as hands on use of a Linux based computer operating system. Note: It is important that each attendee bring a laptop computer where you have the administrator rights (for specialized software install) and no internet filters whatsoever. USB ports should be set to active.  Attendees should have permissions to install apps on phones.

INSTRUCTOR:  Bill retired from 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in November 2015 and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2010. Bill served as the Battalion’s counter-threat finance lead from April 2013 to his retirement in November 2015.   Bill is a regular SME presenter for the Advanced Tactical Technology Course- Touchstone, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Since 2017, four OSINT based cases developed in the classroom were referred to Counter Threat Finance or Counter Terrorism Personnel.

In 2019, Bill was directly credited by an officer that used the techniques from the course to make the original arrest and seizure in a case that was later deemed a significant cybercrime by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. In 2019 and 2020, Bill was contracted to teach a Cybercrimes Investigations Course in Indonesia and Malaysia. An investigation that began in the course lab in December 2019 yielded numerous arrests and a significant seizure of manufactured illicit drugs while dismantling the entire ring in less than 60 days.

In 2020 and 2021 Bill has aided Law Enforcement in tracking and seizing hundreds of thousands of dollars of illicit funds. Field seizures often lead to much bigger sums.

In August 2021 Bill advised law enforcement on a Social Security scam impersonating law enforcement to extract money in the form of cryptocurrency from senior citizens. Within hours of Bill’s involvement in the case, the illicit funds were tracked to a cryptocurrency exchange in India where approximately forty percent of the victim tendered funds were frozen for return to US law enforcement. The remainder had already been off ramped to Indian Rupee. Bill was brought in to assist four days after the crime took place. More importantly, the Indian exchange provided full identification and bank records of the perpetrator to US law enforcement to aid in penetration of the illicit network.

Bill also presents pragmatic aspects of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency to financial institutions and financial services personnel. Bill holds the credential of Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) from the Blockchain Intelligence Group. Bill is a graduate of the Counter Threat Finance Course at the Joint Special Operations University , and Financial Intelligence Courses hosted by Analysis International.


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