Crypto Exchange Investigation
CryptoCurrency Investigation, or crypto oriented crime, is crime that involves a computer, crypto wallet and a crypto exchange. The computer or exchange may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Cryptocurrency crime can be defined as: "Offences that are committed against individuals or exchanges or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause reputation, physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including but not limited to Crypto exhanges, trading bots, wallets, chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Bluetooth/SMS/MMS)”.
Digitpol’s Cyber Crime Investigation experts investigate, analyse crypto fraud such as hacking incidents, crypto exchange insurance fraud and the theft and transfer of currency from wallets. Digitpol deploys industry standard Internet monitoring platforms to detect keywords and find evidence on servers globally. Data obtained from cyber channels is most effective when linked to physical evidence as additional proof.
When Digitpol is engaged, we ensure that no digital evidence is overlooked and assist at any stage of an investigation, regardless of the size or location of data sources. Claims of leaks, fraud, cyber espionage, financial tampering, computer crime, employee misconduct, and other illegal or wrongdoing actions require corporations, law firms, and government agencies to deploy digital forensic methods to piece together facts that lead to the truth.
Unauthorized access to trading platforms, wallets and crypto accounts.
We investigate and analyse unauthorised access or hacking incidents to crypto exchanges such as when someone gains access to your exchange account, wallet, server or physical device without your permission. Hackers may gain access to your computer or device through security weaknesses, malware or phishing. Once they have compromised your trading account, bot, platform, email, banking or social media accounts, they can change passwords preventing you from accessing your account. Scammers often send out messages impersonating and directing people to fake websites, or asking them to send money. Modern attacks are very sophisticated the fake websites may seem to be genuine.
Criminals may use malicious software (or malware) to monitor your online activity and steal keys to access wallets and crypto exchange platforms. Malware is often downloaded when people open an infected email attachment or click a suspicious link in an email. Malware can also be used to steal your usernames, passwords or other information, which is then forwarded to a third party.
‘Malware’ is a catch all term to describe different types of malware which include viruses, worms, spyware, trojans or bots.
Sophisticated criminals are active daily to exploit vulnerabilities on computers and other devices. Some of the techniques they use include:
- unauthorised access or hacking – when someone gains access to your computer or device without permission,
- malware – malicious software (such as viruses, trojans and spyware) which monitor your online activity and cause damage to the computer,
- denial of service attacks – an attack which floods a computer or website with data, causing it to overload and prevent it from functioning properly. This type of attack is more frequently targeted at businesses, rather than individuals.
Digitpol's specialized blockchain investigation team investigate crimes that involve or utilize blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We deploy investigative techniques to undercover complex transactions taken place on the blockchain such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and the latest currencies known as alt coins.
We investigate rogue Initial Coin Offerings (ICO's), rogue alt coins and rogue offerings on the blockchain. Digitpol has the ability to monitor and trace payments and undercover the identity of users of crypto currencies.
We investigate hacking incidents on crypto currency exchanges, hacked accounts and unauthorised transfer of assets.
We assist Financial Investigation Units trace illicit funds, trace the movements of crypto currencies and tokens, trace flat money been transferred through the blockchain economy, we investigate, identify and assist with the seizure of wallets and accounts.