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Hansa Market, Cyberbunker, and Encrochat: The Security Practices of Organized Crime

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  • UserErik van de Sandt, Dutch National Police and University of Bristol
  • ClockFriday 14 January 2022, 15:00-16:00
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The dominant academic and practitioners’ perspective on security evolves around law-abiding recipients (i.e., referent objects) of security who are under attack by law-breaking threat agents. Yet organized (cyber) crime has threat agents as well, and is therefore in need of security. Commission and protection of crime are inextricably linked. There is a vast underground economy that caters large numbers of traditional and cyber criminals with specialized security products and services. Think of Hansa as a secure market place, Encrochat as a secure telecom provider and Cyberbunker as a secure (i.e., bulletproof) hosting provider. Based on the insights of the book ‘The Deviant Security of Cyber Crime’ and past and recent cyber operations of the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit such as the DoubleVPN investigation, this presentation lets us realize that cyber criminals have many more security controls at their disposal than encryption, but also face all kinds of minor, major and even unavoidable vulnerabilities.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Security Seminar series.

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