A private Darknet network and simulated marketplace replicating the virtual criminal underground environment is being used by Nordic law enforcement officers to assist their investigations.
Some 20 participants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are taking part in a 5-day (May 8 – 12, 2017) training organized by INTERPOL in cooperation with the Norwegian National Police Directorate and the Digital Forensics Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) – Centre for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS).
This immersive course sees the trainees take part in a Dark Market Serious Game, playing various roles (buyers, sellers, administrators, exchange operators and law enforcement), learning about Tor (The Onion router) technology and identifying potential avenues for investigation using a Torlab infrastructure.
The hands-on training, which also covers topics such as trading, cryptography, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, investigation techniques and legal challenges, is supported by experts from the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and SECOM Japan.
“We are very pleased to have brought this Darknet and cryptocurrencies training to the Nordic countries,” said Senior Adviser at the Norwegian National Police Directorate, Rune Fløisbonn. “This provides a highly relevant competency to the Nordic countries’ law enforcement agencies, and is a result of strong cooperation between INTERPOL, NTNU Digital Forensics Group and the Norwegian Police University College.
The course hosted by the Norwegian Police University College is the fourth in a series, with three previous exercises held at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore and in Belgium.
“This training is an example of how INTERPOL cooperates with member countries, private partners and academia to build national law enforcement capacity. The course enables officers to develop skills via a unique interactive learning environment which will help them deal with real case scenarios,” said Trygve Aandstad, Digital Crime officer at the IGCI.
The course is part of a global train-the-trainer strategy for all 190 INTERPOL member countries to build and enhance knowledge and skills related to the criminal use of the Darknet and cryptocurrencies.