The internet has become a common place to commit crimes and cyber criminals have become more and more sophisticated. Hence, it is increasingly more difficult to carry out digital forensics investigations. A lot of data and information can be found in open sources, however, it is not always easy to extract, collect and use it. Various law enforcement organizations in Ukraine, which specifically deal with organised crime, aim to strengthen their digital forensics capabilities in order to faster and more efficiently perform investigations as part of the Digital Detective 2030 (D30) programme.
The project has been initiated by the EU advisory mission in Ukraine, in cooperation with the US embassy in Ukraine.
Various law enforcement organizations in Ukraine have participated in a practical, hands-on training course. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the course has been delivered online.
The training course consisted of 3 parts:
- Targeted information search: introduction to various free and easily accessible tools and techniques, which are extremely useful then collecting data and information from social media sites.
- Technical Open Source Intelligence (OSINT): extraction of information concerning the target organization, understanding and analysing the security posture of the target, finding loopholes, identifying focus area using different tools and techniques.
- Operations Security (OPSEC): tactics, techniques, and procedures for secure and private investigation.
The acquired know-how and skills on finding and extracting digital footprints will enable the experts from various law enforcement organisations in Ukraine to quicker and more reliably perform digital forensics investigations. Also, they will be able to save and store data from open sources which is likely to change overwise. As the participants have been introduced to easily accessible and applicable tools and techniques, they can be incorporated in carrying out investigations right away.