While social media and the internet is often used as a quick and easy way to update family and friends on recent activities and share photos, oddly enough the practice of documenting one’s crimes through social media is on the rise. Through social media and open-source resources criminals, or their friends, have willingly or unknowingly exposed their nefarious actions online. It is not unusual for a case to be won or lost by a single Tweet or Facebook post. This hands-on Open-Source (OSINT) and Social Media Investigation (SOCMINT) certification training is specifically designed for investigators who want to know how to conduct efficient, effective, and thorough online discovery. It is a proven and practical course that will take the participant to become a proficient and active OSINT and SOCMINT investigator who understands the opportunity, pitfalls, and intricacies of OSINT and SOCMINT intelligence and evidence gathering. Participants will also learn how to capture, preserve, and authenticate court-admissible evidence in their investigations. Besides, attendees will learn how to master an investigation from start to finish. You get to practice setting up your case, strategize and work as a single investigator, in a team and as a team leader solving actual cases by the end of the class. Besides, you will learn about source codes, metadata, FTP, log files, content management systems and other sources of hidden data that can be helpful during the investigation. You will practice, and create primary personas using a variety of online platforms including social media, people search, maps, marketplaces, chats, forums, emails, content management systems and more. We will cover the creation of case reports and how to write them making you a well-rounded investigator by giving you the skills you need to succeed.

Bitcoin, Monero, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency: A Forensics Course for Investigators designed for investigators who want to significantly advance their knowledge of bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, its criminal applications, and forensic techniques. For criminals, cryptocurrency is the ideal method to launder proceeds of illegitimate activities, used for money-laundering, tax evasion, drug trafficking, and extortion. Today’s investigator must be experienced in exposing crimes involving cryptocurrency including money laundering, international fraud schemes, and the Dark Web. Course participants will become proficient in Bitcoin and Altcoin basics, the Blockchain, cryptocurrencies wallets, exchanges, transactions, and the realities of anonymity in the cryptocurrency marketplace. Investigators will learn about device forensics (artifacts), tracking transactions on the Blockchain, seizing wallets, identifying the owner of a cryptocurrency wallet, and the legal issues regarding cryptocurrency. The course will dig deep into the digital underworld of the Dark Web, the best methods for accessing and navigating, and Dark Web .onion cryptocurrency markets and criminal .onion sites. Cryptocurrency, its use and impact on money laundering schemes and terrorism will also be examined. By the end of the course investigators will have the knowledge, skills, and many of the tools to significantly advance their digital forensics and investigative techniques to fight online crime and investment fraud.

Until fairly recently, cryptocurrencies were a concept very much confined to the realms of hackers, criminals and other digital enthusiasts. Then, throughout 2016 – 2018, many ransomware cyber-attack cases were publicised in the media, with CryptoCurrency becoming a buzzword surrounding the attention. This only intensified with the value of Bitcoin reaching an all-time high in mid-December 2017 and suddenly, it seems that everyone is crypto-crazy. No longer is the idea of virtual, digital money considered to be a hare-brained idea dreamed up by somebody on the internet. Whilst previously viewed across the investigative community as primarily as a tool for criminals, its mainstream use is far wider, and also claims many victims. To effectively utilise investigative opportunities surrounding CryptoCurrency, it is imperative that both cyber and non-cyber investigators have an understanding of the subject – it could be invaluable to the success of a case. Focusing primarily on Bitcoin (the most widely used CryptoCurrency), this course will provide the attendee with a rounded understanding of how the currency is used, both legally in a retail environment and illegally for criminal activities. Beginning with a basic view on how it is accessed, acquired and exchanged, you will then have the opportunity to create your own Bitcoin wallet and engage in small transactions. The course will guide you through real-world scenarios to illustrate the usage of the currency to give you real-life experience and understandings of both tracing transactions through the blockchain and, importantly, learning how to draw accurate conclusions to potentially be used as intelligence or evidence.