US Embassy and the US Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) has launched a three-part webinar series entitled "Criminal Influences on the Dark Web and in the Use of Cryptocurrency."
Almost 50 Bangladeshi criminal justice officials, financial analysts and government officials have met virtually to learn how dark web and cryptocurrency technology facilitates cross-border criminal activity, and how to detect and deter it, according to a press release.
The United States Ambassador Earl Miller has inaugurated the webinar series.
The first session of the series entitled "Combating Criminal Dark Web Marketplaces during the Covid-19 Pandemic," has focused on how criminals use the dark web.
The second and third session of the series will focus on cryptocurrency, which is illegal to use or possess in Bangladesh, as a vehicle for payments at dark web marketplaces.
The second session entitled "Introduction to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology" will address cryptocurrency and blockchain fundamentals.
The third session entitled "Advanced Cryptocurrency – Tracing Cryptocurrency to Make Cases," will address techniques for de-anonymizing cryptocurrency transactions.
Conducting the three-part webinar series is one of the many ways the United States works together with Bangladesh Government to fight terrorism and transnational crime.
Since 2016, the United States has obligated over $63.5 million cumulatively for counterterrorism assistance in Bangladesh, including this webinar series offered by OPDAT.