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General Session: Understanding the Dark Web

Dark Web has the star quality and luster of a Hollywood movie, but in reality, it’s a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. The more “google’ized” we’ve become as investigators and researchers, the less we understand what’s going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this nefarious world.

This class will examine the Dark Web, the channels used to institute private sales and exchanges, and criminal behavior. In this intermediate to advanced hands-on class, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the Dark Web—criminality, anonymity, counterfeit products, child pornography, and human trafficking; learn the directory structures of the Dark Web; and learn Dark Web languages like Tor and Tails and the lingo of this underworld. Training will include exploring dark web channels for content and finding the resources and specialized search engines for searching against Dark Web content. Upon completion of this course, field investigators will understand how to use Tor safely and effectively, while learning the vulnerabilities, and be able to conduct undercover online investigations on the Dark Web.

Breakout Session: Social Network Monitoring

Often online investigations require more than a surface exploration of social media accounts. This course explores how to open every aspect of social media to locate key information hidden or overlooked.

Updated quarterly to keep investigators at the fore of social media trends, this advanced hands-on course will explore the latest search tools—free and fee-based—popular for monitoring chatter on social networks from Facebook to Burn Book. Participants will learn how to narrow a large profile to identify assets, evidence, and important details quickly and will observe demonstrations of software applications relevant to search applications. Upon completion of the course, field investigators will be able to locate key information, such as friends and associates, in social media profiles and understand the objects to be searched in language (native or foreign), imagery (pictures or emoji) and other relevant intelligence markers such as hashtags and live feeds.