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Join Brandon Lewis (Partner, White and Lewis) as he provides a basic understanding of how digital currencies, particularly cryptocurrencies, can be traced and analyzed in forensic investigations. As cryptocurrencies gain popularity, it becomes essential for investigators and legal professionals to grasp the tools and techniques available to unravel the digital trail left behind by these decentralized assets.  The presentation will begin by introducing the concept of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, the blockchain. It will explore the unique characteristics of cryptocurrencies that make them attractive to users and, at the same time, present challenges in tracing transactions.

Next, the presentation will delve into the forensic tracing process, starting with an overview of the key digital forensics principles and methodologies applied in cryptocurrency investigations. It will cover topics such as transaction analysis, blockchain exploration, and address clustering. The presentation will highlight the importance of leveraging open-source intelligence (OSINT) and specialized tools designed for cryptocurrency tracing. Participants will gain insights into the various blockchain explorers and transaction analysis platforms available to trace cryptocurrency transactions and connect addresses to real-world identities.

To illustrate the practical application of forensic tracing, the presentation will present case studies showcasing a successful investigation involving the identification and tracing of cryptocurrency transactions. The example will demonstrate how the digital trail can be pieced together to track illicit activities, such as money laundering, fraud, or ransomware payments.

This presentation on forensic tracing of cryptocurrency aims to equip participants with a foundational understanding of the subject, enabling them to appreciate the significance of tracing cryptocurrencies in the context of financial investigations and law enforcement efforts.

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