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Crypto Assets as a Facilitator of Cybercrime – Joint Live Exercises in Zagreb

Progress is both, an opportunity and a new challenge. Crypto assets are a great example. They can help us in some areas, but in others, they pose a serious threat by facilitating cybercrime. This challenge is the main topic of an upcoming event in Zagreb.

In a rapidly changing world, technology leads the way. The rise of cryptocurrencies was a revolution that brought new opportunities as well as risks. LEAs face now new challenges such as:

  • examining digital devices and the reliability of the identification of crypto-related artefacts;
  • crypto track/trace/seizure (especially privacy coins);
  • operational headaches – reducing admin burden by providing an automated case builder and evidence trail.

To address those challenges, professionals need to exchange experiences and find the best solutions. That is the purpose of Joint Live Exercises (JLE) organized within the CYCLOPES project by the Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS).

CYCLOPES is an EU-funded initiative that aims to establish a network of different stakeholders across Europe, with a wide range of expertise in the field of fighting cybercrime. To complete this task, it organises yearly JLE events that are dedicated to a specific thematic topic.

Currently, the project is focusing on cryptocurrency as a facilitator of cybercrime and is compiling a list of relevant technologies and research actions dedicated to addressing such issues from the elicited gaps and needs. To complement these efforts, the JLEs provide a tangible output for LEAs – offering a dedicated event that will allow officers to interact with several solutions during a free physical meeting.

This year’s event is taking place at the Headquarters of the Zagreb Police Administration, and Croatian Police is kindly hosting it. Between the 18th and 20th of April 2023, participants will be able to meet and listen to professionals from ENLETS and EUROPOL, and also practitioners from across Europe. JLE is a great opportunity to test and interact with leading European solutions that support law enforcement agencies in tackling the rising challenges of crimes connected with various crypto assets. To complement the JLE, the CYCYLOPES project will host online presentations.

For more information, agenda, and registration form, check this link. 

The CYCLOPES project is dedicated to supporting LEA practitioners in fighting various forms of cybercrime. If you are interested in joining the network, please subscribe.