Cryptocurrency, a digital payment system that functions outside of the traditional financial system, is a rapidly developing issue for law enforcement and financial institutions. Transacting in cryptocurrency creates the perception of elevated levels of confidentiality or pseudonymity.
As this and other related innovations continue to gain a foothold in the economy, criminal exploitation of these systems and methods increase. With cryptocurrency now firmly entrenched in both domestic and international commerce, this 2-part course aims to provide vital information to law enforcement, financial institutions, and financial crimes investigators.
Topics (Part 1):
1. Intro to Crypto
2. Bitcoin Trail
3. Crypto & Criminal Element
1. Explain what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and how it can be used in both legitimate and illicit activities
2. Discuss origins of bitcoin, different types of cryptocurrency, mining, the double spend problem, 51% attacks, and how to buy and use bitcoin.
3. Identify common criminal schemes where bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is involved, peer to peer exchanges, and investigation tips
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