Europol’s New Video Game to Train Officers on Crypto Crime Investigation

Wilfred Michael 

Wilfred Michael

News reporter

14 June 2019,
17:21
Europol’s New Video Game to Train Officers on Crypto Crime Investigation

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, popularly known as Europol revealed at the closure of its Sixth Cryptocurrency Meeting today that it is working on a new video game.

As per a press release by the enforcement agency, the video game is being developed in collaboration with the CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence, and Organised Crime Research).

The objective of the game would be to give law enforcement officers “hands-on training and advice on tracing cryptocurrencies in criminal investigations.”

Remarkably, the anticipated Europol video game will, according to the release be the” first law enforcement training opportunity on cryptocurrency and investigation using gamification.” The Europol expects to unveil the game in October at the seventh Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference.

Meanwhile, the venue for the announcement regarding the upcoming video game was the agency’s Sixth Cryptocurrency Meeting attended by several cryptocurrency industry participants, law enforcement agencies, and global regulators.

The Europol noted that the primary objective of the conference was for attendees to look at “opportunities for closer cooperation and new partnerships to prevent and detect cryptocurrency-facilitated crime and to assist asset recovery.”

Among the highlights of the conference was deliberation on the best law enforcement techniques to could reduce the activities of crypto criminals. The Europol also shared insights regarding the recent shutdown of cryptocurrency mixing service, Bestmixer, as well as the famous dark web outlet, Wall Street Market.

On the positive angle, representatives from several cryptocurrency exchanges demonstrated their best practices for identifying suspicious transactions on their platform. Panelists also discussed the legitimate use of blockchain technology, namely for cryptocurrency trading and investments, as a payment method and as a store of value.

 

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