Europol Reveals New Game Designed to Teach Investigators to Trace Cryptocurrency





Cryptocurrency experts from the worlds of law enforcement and private industry gathered at Europol’s European Cybercrime Center in The Hague from June 12th to the 14th, for Europe’s biggest cryptocurrency law enforcement conference. Europol revealed to the conference attendees that it has partnered with the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) to develop a “serious game” to train investigators to trace cryptocurrency transactions.

According to a Friday press release:

The game, planned to be launched in October at the seventh Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference, will be the first law enforcement training opportunity on cryptocurrency and investigation using gamification. It will allow law enforcement officers to get hands-on training and advice on tracing cryptocurrencies in criminal investigations.

The conference’s main focus, however, was on strengthening partnerships between law enforcement agencies and cryptocurrency companies in the private sector to improve crime prevention and detection. Attending experts shared their expertise on techniques and best practices for investigating fund theft, phishing attacks, and DDoS extortion.

Experts from the private sector also weighed in, sharing their experience and offering practical advice for their peers:

Cryptocurrency wallets, exchanges and payment processors, including Binance, BitBay,, Bitfinex, BitFlyer Europe, Bitnovo, Bitonic, Bitpanda, BitPay, Bitstamp, CEX, Coinbase, Coinfloor, Coinhouse, Coinpayments, CoinsPaid, Ledger, Litebit, LocalBitcoins, OKCoin, Shapeshift, SpectroCoin, Tether and Xapo demonstrated their best practices in implementing Know Your Customer (KYC) policies and mechanisms, and risk-based approaches to suspicious transactions.


Author: Ken Chase

Freelance writer whose interests include topics ranging from technology and finance to politics, fitness, and all things canine. Aspiring polymath, semi-professional skeptic, and passionate advocate for the judicious use of the Oxford comma.

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