Suspect Identification: A Use Case On Gathering Evidence From The Dark Web

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Criminal activity increasingly crosses into the dark web, which means law enforcement and investigators need to be able to follow leads seamlessly between the physical and digital worlds. 

Officers have the difficult task of having to identify suspects based in an area of the internet that is used for its anonymity, where almost everyone operates under an alias. They also have the added complication of making sure that the digital evidence that they collect will stand up in a court of law.

How can investigators pull a criminal out of the dark web and into the light?

Law enforcement teams conducting dark web investigations have to unravel the Operational Security (OPSEC) of cybercriminals; to identify the clues on the dark web that make it possible to track and identify suspects.

To illustrate how this can be done, this report looks at the case of USA vs Adams et al – a real criminal investigation that has led to a successful indictment in the US. We have recreated the investigation process with our dark web investigation tool Cerberus to show how you can undermine suspects’ efforts to frustrate your tracking, and gather evidence from the dark web that helps you bring criminals to justice.

Download this report to fIND OUT HOW:

  • Just one piece of information can be used to find the other online accounts of suspects.
  • This information can be used to identify the “real life” identity of a perpetrator.
  • A body of evidence can be built using dark web data to bring the suspect to justice.