Mastering Cryptocurrencies: Understanding and Investigating Cryptocurrency Related Crimes  (3 Days)

Fredericksburg, VA
Wed 10/30/2019 - Fri 11/01/2019
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy

3630 Lee Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

This three-day course provides the attendees with the knowledge to understand the underlying technology behind today's leading cryptocurrencies and the necessary skills to begin to investigate crimes involving these cryptocurrencies. The course starts with a review of the characteristics that make money, money, and the history of virtual currency from its earliest days to the current landscape of cryptocurrencies.  Attendees will learn about the technologies and protocols behind the blockchain, including decentralization, consensus, proof of work (PoW), proof of stake (PoS), and smart contracts. Attendees will then learn, in detail, how cryptocurrencies work, how transactions get processed on their network, how they differ in purpose and approach from other currencies, and how they use the blockchain to accomplish their designed goals.  Cryptocurrencies covered include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Stablecoins. Finally, attendees learn, through practical hands-on exercises, how to investigate crimes that involve the use of cryptocurrencies, follow transactions through the blockchain, and securely protect and seize cryptocurrencies.

Virtual Currency Basics. History of money and virtual currency. What makes money, money. Virtual currency characteristics.

Blockchain Technology. What is blockchain. How is blockchain technology changing how we do business. What is consensus. Proof of Work (PoW) Proof of Stake (PoS). Forking.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero. History, purpose, and approach. Wallets, keys, confirmations. Tranaction and Blockchain structure. Mining Process. Smart contracts and distributed applications.

Investigative Techniques. Identifying addresses and private keys. Tracing transactions through blockchain. Associate addresses to individuals. Securing digital wallets and promising practices for seizing cryptocurrency.

All classes are subject to cancellation up to 45 days before the start of class if the minimum class registration threshold is not met.


Class Fee: $750
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