From 12 to 14 June 2019, over 300 cryptocurrency experts from both law enforcement and the private sector attended the sixth Cryptocurrency Conference hosted at Europol’s headquarters at The Hague. The event, organised by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), is the largest law enforcement cryptocurrency event in Europe. The conference looked at opportunities for closer cooperation and new partnerships to prevent and detect cryptocurrency-facilitated crime and to assist asset recovery.
Experts shared best practices and law enforcement techniques using examples such as investigations into phishing, thefts of funds and DDoS extortion. The conference also included lessons learned from some recent investigations like the takedown of Wall Street Market and Bestmixer. Like last year, Europol issued all speakers with traceable certificates permanently stored in the Bitcoin Blockchain, practically demonstrating the benefits of the tamper-proof, decentralised ledger technology.