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Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Colorado law enforcement personnel attend darknet training course

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Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center and the Illicit Finance and Proceeds of Crime Unit recently taught a darknet training course to more than 100 local and state law enforcement personnel in Colorado.

The goal was to provide information on darknet marketplaces and illicit payment networks associated with fentanyl smuggling and distribution organizations. Attendees were updated on the complexities and investigative challenges law enforcement faces and witnessed demonstrations of cryptocurrency tools.

A morning session focused on the dark web while an afternoon session focused on cryptocurrencies, blockchain ledgers, and Bitcoin wallets.

“We are glad so many of our local partners could attend training on cryptocurrency and the dark web,” Steven Cagen, special agent in charge of HSI Denver, said. “Agents and officers need to stay on the cutting edge of technology to thwart criminals and stop the insidious spread of fentanyl throughout our country.”

Classes were held in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs.

More than 4,000 law enforcement officers have been trained this fiscal year.

The Cyber Crimes Center was established in 1997 and is responsible for identifying and targeting any cybercrime activity. Its mission includes keeping informed of emerging computer technology and internet processes and supporting investigations into internet criminal activities and vulnerabilities.