Flashpoint, a business intelligence agency specialising in the deep and dark web, recently published a report on the economy of criminal networks online. The report looks not only at where criminals go to communicate on the internet, but also how their communications are structured, and the ways in which online communication has changed the criminal landscape.
Far from the kind of jack-of-all-trades portrayed in TV dramas, today’s cybercriminals structure their operations much like a business, each person having their own specialisms and reporting to the people above them. This helps to ensure that every member of the network takes on tasks that don’t overwhelm them, and often also ensures that the level of communication is kept to a minimum. Each party is only in contact with the level directly above, thus decreasing the likelihood of breaking up the entire network if a single individual’s identity is uncovered by law enforcement.
Yesterday, Sarah Von Bargen of YesAndYes (a blog you should definitely be following!) interviewed me about my work as a private investigator.
Does what we see on TV bear any resemblance to real life as a private investigator? Are you really tapping phones and going on stakeouts? Today, a working P.I. tells us about her strangest cases, how she finds missing people, and how long cases usually take (you’ll be surprised!)
Tomorrow, the 1st of March 2016, marks my five-year anniversary as an investigator. I set up my first investigation business when I was still working at my old job (with their permission), and I’ve been through several iterations since.
Now, five years in, I’ve settled into my investigative identity. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
I’ve been doing some work in my study over the past couple of weeks: crowbaring up the carpet tack rails around the outside, clearing everything, trying to get underlay to lie flat, putting down some of the flooring and then realising the rest required an electric saw and calling someone to come and finish it for me.