LA County Sheriff's Deputy Discusses Tackling Crypto Crimes on Podcast

Felix Pinkston  Jun 04, 2024 22:22  UTC 14:22

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In a recent episode of the Public Key podcast, Tony Moore, a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shared his insights into tackling cryptocurrency-related crimes. This discussion highlighted the complexities of investigating and policing the cryptoverse, emphasizing the evolving techniques required to stay ahead of cybercriminals.

Advancements in Web3 Investigations

Moore, who has been educating law enforcement about Bitcoin (BTC) since its early days, discussed various challenges and advancements in policing the cryptoverse with Ian Andrews, CMO of Chainalysis. Moore shared his experiences in dealing with crimes such as social media parties, crypto ATM scams, pig butchering, and SIM-swapping. He also emphasized the importance of continuous learning and adapting to new technologies.

“We swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States… But nowhere in there does it say, ‘Oh, except for the internet. We can’t go into the internet realm or the crypto realm,” Moore asserted, reinforcing the necessity for law enforcement to engage with and understand the digital landscape.

Complexities of Crypto Crimes

During the podcast, Moore detailed several cases that demonstrate the complexities of crypto crimes. He recounted an operation involving nitrous oxide (NOS) parties advertised on social media and the subsequent crackdown on these illegal activities. Moore also spoke about his early encounters with crypto in law enforcement and the challenges that came with regulating cryptocurrency ATM machines.

One significant case highlighted by Moore involved a suspect operating multiple crypto ATMs without proper registration. This led to a major takedown operation in collaboration with the IRS and HSI, resulting in the suspect pleading guilty to laundering money for dark net vendors and human trafficking.

Community and Federal Collaboration

Moore also emphasized the role of community and federal partnerships in combating crypto crimes. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department collaborates with various federal agencies, such as the IRS, FBI, and DEA, to tackle cross-jurisdictional issues. These partnerships are crucial in addressing the global nature of cryptocurrency and ensuring that law enforcement can keep pace with technological advancements.

“Our federal partners have been outstanding, just outstanding when it comes to… I think we get as much from them as they get from us,” Moore noted, highlighting the mutual benefits of these collaborations.

Educational Initiatives

Moore is also deeply involved in educating law enforcement through courses like “Policing the Cryptoverse: Intro to Web 3.0 Investigative Techniques.” This advanced course covers topics such as smart contracts, cross-chains, bridges, and decentralized storage systems, providing investigators with the knowledge required to handle complex crypto cases.

“This is going to be like drinking from a fire hose. You’re going to be overwhelmed. But I guarantee you, stay with me, by day five, all this will make sense,” Moore stated, describing the intensive nature of his educational programs.

Future Outlook

Looking ahead, Moore is optimistic about the integration of blockchain and AI technologies in law enforcement. He believes that continuous learning and adaptation are essential for staying ahead of cybercriminals and effectively policing the cryptoverse.

For more detailed insights and to listen to the full discussion, visit the original source at Chainalysis.

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