#1 Reason to Leave your Driver's License at Home

Leave your driver's license home

No, it's not so that you don't have to give up the original license the next time the traffic policeman on the corner asks you for it.

The next time you're asked to show your driver's license and your vehicle registration papers, you don't need to show the physical copy. Just show the digital copies stored in the DigiLocker mobile app on your phone! The Government of India allows it.

And, if you don't have the DigiLocker app, just head on over to https://digilocker.gov.in/public/register and you can just register with your Aadhar number!

IndiaCoin - an experimental "training" cryptocurrency

IndiaCoin is an experimental cryptocurrency for training police & other enforcement officials.

Why IndiaCoin?

Virtual currencies provide a powerful new tool for criminals, terrorist financiers and other sanctions evaders to move and store illicit funds, out of the reach of law enforcement and other authorities. (Source: Financial Action Task Force Report on Virtual Currencies).

The use of virtual currencies by criminals is well known. A classic example would be the use of bitcoin by users of the now shut-down Silk Road - an illegal online marketplace that facilitated the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drugs, guns, stolen financial information & more. All Silk Road transactions were conducted exclusively in bitcoin.

There are hundreds of virtual currencies in the world today. These are primarily divided into four categories - convertible, non-convertible, centralized and decentralised. The mathematics and technology behind these virtual currencies is very complex.

It is essential for police and other enforcement officials to have a strong knowledge of how cryptocurrencies work.

The high cost of bitcoin makes it expensive for training and experimentation. That's where IndiaCoin steps in - it's free!

To learn more about crypto-currencies, see:

Math Money: A simple introduction to crypto-currencies
http://www.blockchain.org.in/docs/Math_Money.pdf

Virtual Currencies Key Definitions and Potential AML/CFT Risks
http://www.blockchain.org.in/library/virtual-currency-key-definitions-and-potential-aml-cft-risks.pdf

Training Scenarios

  1. Money Laundering
  2. Organized Crime
  3. Rogue Bank
  4. Tax Evasion
  5. Terrorism Financing

Request for Access to IndiaCoin

Access to IndiaCoin is provided free-of-charge to serving officers of the police and other enforcement agencies. For details, visit: https://www.indiacoin.in/request.php


Visit the IndiaCoin site at:
https://www.indiacoin.in


Collaborative Online Investigation Network

25 essential skills for a cyber crime investigator

We live in a world where EVERYONE (from Airports, Banks & eCommerce to Tax departments, Telecom giants & Universities) and EVERYTHING (from Airplanes, Apps & ATM machines to Self aiming rifles, Smart-watches & Wifi networks) seems to be getting hacked.

The last few years have seen some of the world's largest institutions fall prey to cyber crime - JP Morgan Chase, Sony, AT&T, eBay, Google, Apple, Dairy Queen International, Domino's Pizza and half of the South Korean population!

The global cost of cyber crime is estimated to be more than $100 billion a year.

This phenomenal increase in cyber crime has led to a massive surge in the demand for cyber crime investigators. The 25 skills every cyber crime investigator must have are:

  1. Basic Web Programming skills.
  2. Working knowledge of Web Technologies.
  3. Strong working knowledge of Web Hacking.
  4. Effective suspect interviewing skills.
  5. Thorough understanding of documentation.
  6. Sound knowledge of the relevant law.
  7. Practical knowledge of phishing tools, techniques and counter-measures.
  8. Strong knowledge of the working of Virtual Payment Systems.
  9. Understanding of financial instruments and concepts.
  10. Basic understanding of forensic accounting.
  11. Practical knowledge of Fraud Investigation.
  12. Practical knowledge of investigating Bitcoin & other crypto-currencies.
  13. Strong understanding of malware incident prevention & incident response
  14. Thorough practical knowledge of the Dark Web.
  15. Strong practical knowledge of email investigation.
  16. Thorough practical knowledge of Server Log analysis.
  17. Strong practical knowledge of browser forensics
  18. Thorough understanding of Social Media Forensics.
  19. Thorough understanding of the Google Ecosystem & its Forensics.
  20. Strong working knowledge of forensic technologies.
  21. Understanding of the ISO/IEC 27037 standard.
  22. Basic working knowledge of cyber security.
  23. Working knowledge Cryptography & Steganography.
  24. Strong practical knowledge of password recovery & forensics.
  25. Updated knowledge of the latest cyber attacks around the world.

Looking to develop these skills?

Check out the ASCL Certified Cyber Crime Investigator program.


Skill 1:
Basic Web Programming skills

From the 1990s upto 2010, a cyber crime investigator’s job revolved heavily around disk and network forensics. The last several years have seen a huge surge in ecommerce and smart phone usage. And where the money goes, crime follows.

The massive increase in web hacking has made it necessary for a cyber crime investigator to understand the basics of web programming – HTML, PHP and MySQL.


Skill 2:
Working knowledge of Web Technologies

Considering the magnitude and impact of web attacks, it is necessary for a cyber crime investigator to understand some of the technologies that run the Internet and the World Wide Web.

This includes practical activities including hosting a domain, creating SFTP users, setting up custom MX records, setting up, configuring & administering private email accounts, MySQL databases and Virtual Private Servers, configuring SSL for secure websites and deploying cloud infrastructure.

The investigator must also understand installing, configuring & deploying content management systems and ecommerce platforms.


Skill 3:
Strong working knowledge of Web Hacking

Since a majority of cyber crime cases involve web-hacking or web-attacks, it is essential for cyber crime investigators to have a strong knowledge of the techniques of web hacking such as Footprinting, Bypassing Authorization Schema, SQL injection, Cross Site Scripting (XSS), Broken Authentication, Session Hijacking, Unvalidated Redirects & Forwards, and Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF).


Skill 4:
Effective suspect interviewing skills

Effective suspect interviewing is an essential skill for cyber crime investigators. The investigator must understand the difference between an interrogation and an interview and how to prepare for and conduct a suspect interview.

The investigator must be able to detect deception, document an interview and get an admission from a suspect. An investigator must also know how to conduct an inquiry in an organisation.


Skill 5:
Thorough understanding of documentation

Even the best investigation is worthless if it is not supported by accurate and relevant documentation and that's why a thorough understanding of documentation is essential for a cyber crime investigator.


Skill 6:
Sound knowledge of the relevant law

Every step of an investigation must be in compliance with the law and that's why a thorough understanding of the applicable law is essential for a cyber crime investigator.


Skill 7:
Practical knowledge of phishing tools, techniques and counter-measures

Phishing is one of the most popular techniques amongst hackers and financial cyber criminals. This makes it important for a cyber crime investigator to understand phishing tools, techniques and counter-measures.


Skill 8:
Strong knowledge of the working of Virtual Payment Systems

Virtual Payment Systems have taken the global money markets by storm. A cyber crime investigator must have a strong understanding of how these systems work.


Skill 9:
Understanding of financial instruments and concepts

Financial crimes are some of the most interesting cases that cyber crime investigators are called upon to solve. These include including advance-fee scam, bank frauds & carding, charge back fraud, check washing, check fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, insider trading, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, ponzi schemes, securities fraud, skimming, wireless identity theft and more.


Skill 10:
Basic understanding of forensic accounting

Forensic Accountants are called upon in cases involving economic damages calculations, bankruptcy, securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, business valuation and e-discovery. It is important for a cyber crime investigator to have a basic understanding of forensic accounting.


Skill 11:
Practical knowledge of Fraud Investigation

Many times a cyber crime investigator is called upon to handle fraud investigations. An investigator must understand Fraud (its extent, patterns and causes), Fraud Risk Assessment & Management, Fraud Prevention, Detection & Reporting.


Skill 12:
Practical knowledge of investigating Bitcoin & other crypto-currencies

Bitcoin is, without doubt, the most famous crypto-currency. It gained a lot of notoriety during the crackdown on Silk Road, an underground online market place trading in drugs, stolen financial information, weapons & more.

Considering the use of bitcoin (and other crypto currencies) by criminals, a strong understanding of bitcoin forensics is essential for cyber crime investigators.


Skill 13:
Strong understanding of malware incident prevention & incident response

Considering the impact of malware, it is essential for a cyber crime investigator to have a strong understanding of malware incident prevention and malware incident response.


Skill 14:
Thorough practical knowledge of the Dark Web

The World Wide Web that the vast majority of netizens use is also referred to as the clearnet – since it primarily is unencrypted in nature. Then there is the deepweb – the part of the clearnet, which is not indexed by search engines. Deep web includes data stored in password-protected pages and databases.

The darkweb is a small part of the deepweb. The deepweb consists of darknets including peer-to-peer networks, Freenet, I2P, and Tor. The Tor darkweb is also called onionland, since its top level domain suffix is .onion and it uses the traffic anonymization technique of onion routing.

Considering the popularity of the darkweb amongst the organized criminals groups, a cyber crime investigator must have a thorough working knowledge of the dark web.


Skill 15:
Strong practical knowledge of email investigation

Despite the popularity of instant messengers (such as Whatsapp) and social media, email remains one of the most popular methods of online communication in the world.

This makes it essential for a cyber crime investigator to have a strong knowledge of email tracking & tracing.


Skill 16:
Thorough practical knowledge of Server Log analysis

In a large number of cyber crime cases, the investigation begins with an analysis of server logs. It is essential for a cyber crime investigator to have a sound working knowledge of server log analysis.


Skill 17:
Strong practical knowledge of browser forensics

In many cases of cyber crime, valuable evidence can be obtained from web browsers. This makes it important for a cyber crime investigator to have a strong practical knowledge of browser forensics.

These evidence points include history, bookmarks, credit card information & contact information stored in autofill, saved passwords, files in the download location. Browser forensics also involves analysis of cloud printers and other connected devices, extensions, cookies and site data, location settings and exceptions, media settings (like camera and microphone permissions) & exceptions, unsandboxed plug-in access & exceptions, automatic downloads and exceptions and more.


Skill 18:
Thorough understanding of Social Media Forensics

It’s probably not incorrect to say that almost every Internet user is part of at least one social media platform. This makes social media forensics an essential skill for a cyber crime investigator.


Skill 19:
Thorough understanding of the Google Ecosystem & its Forensics

Google isn’t just a search engine anymore. The Google ecosystem is all around us – Gmail, YouTube, Google groups, Google sites, Google plus, Google keep and so much more.

This makes Google forensics a must have skill for cyber crime investigators.


Skill 20:
Strong working knowledge of forensic technologies

It is essential for a cyber crime investigator to have a strong working knowledge of forensic technologies and cyber forensic concepts.


Skill 21:
Understanding of the ISO/IEC 27037 standard

A cyber crime investigator must have a strong understanding of ISO/IEC 27037 - the most important global standard for identification, collection, acquisition and preservation of potential digital evidence.


Skill 22:
Basic working knowledge of cyber security

A basic working knowledge of cyber security is essential for everyone and more so for cyber crime investigators. Aspects of information security include Application Security, Cloud Computing Security, Computer Security, Cyber Security Standards, Data Security, Database Security, Information Security, Internet Security, Mobile Security, and Network Security.


Skill 23:
Working knowledge Cryptography & Steganography

Many people use cryptography and steganography. And these include criminals and terrorists. Hence a working knowledge of these is useful for cyber crime investigators.


Skill 24:
Strong practical knowledge of password recovery & forensics

In many cases it is found that potential evidence is locked up in password protected files. This makes it essential for cyber crime investigators to have a strong practical knowledge of password recovery & forensics.


Skill 25:
Updated knowledge of the latest cyber attacks around the world

Every major new cyber-attack must be analysed by a cyber crime investigator to understand the evolving tools, techniques and motives of malicious hackers and cyber criminals.


Looking to develop these skills?

Check out the ASCL Certified Cyber Crime Investigator program.

India's most popular cyber law course completes 11 years and 20,000 students

India's first and most popular Diploma in Cyber Law course has completed 11 years.

The course was launched in 2004 and has been completed by more than 20,000 participants including

  • Judges,
  • Police Officers,
  • Lawyers & law students,
  • IT professionals & Engineering students,
  • Chartered accountants & CA students,
  • Company Secretaries & CS students,
  • Tax & other Government officials,
  • Military personnel,
  • Management Professionals,
  • Commerce Graduates and
  • Students.

This course is conducted by Asian School of Cyber Laws jointly with The Government Law College, Mumbai (GLC). Founded in 1855, GLC is the oldest law school in Asia dating even prior to the University of Mumbai.

The course is conducted in:

  • distance mode (next batch begin January 2016) and
  • classroom mode (next batch begins July 2016).

With a very low fee (Rs 4,500 for distance mode), the course offers tremendous value for money.

Course Syllabus:

  1. Fundamentals of Cyber Law
  2. E-commerce-Legal issues
  3. Intellectual Property Issues & Cyber space - Indian Perspective
  4. Cyber crime and Digital Evidence - Indian Perspective

 

ASCL Certified Cyber Crime Control Consultant

Become an expert in Cyber Crime Control with the c5 course

Who's getting hacked?

Airports, Aerospace companies, Banks, eCommerce, Entertainment companies, Governments, Hacking service providers, Hospitals, IT companies, Insurance companies, Military agencies, Municipalities, Nuclear power plants, Oil companies, Police departments, Retailers, Schools, Stock exchanges, Super-secret agencies, Tax departments, Telecom giants, Universities…..

What's getting hacked?

Airplanes, Apps, ATM machines, Baby monitors, Bank accounts, Biometric devices, Bitcoin wallets, Browsers, Cars, CCTV cameras, Dating sites & apps, Drones, Email accounts, Facebook pages, Gaming consoles, Health trackers, Laptops, Medical devices, Power plants, Routers, Self aiming rifles, Share trading accounts, Smart-watches, Smartphones, Tablets, Websites, Wifi networks….

ASCL Certified Cyber Crime Control Consultant (c5)

The last 2 years have seen some of the world's largest institutions fall prey to cyber crime - JP Morgan Chase, Sony, AT&T, eBay, Google, Apple, Dairy Queen International, Domino's Pizza and half of the South Korean population!

The global cost of cyber crime is estimated to be more than $100 billion a year.

The c5 program has been launched by Asian School of Cyber Laws to help you to develop the skills to minimize the cost and impact of cyber crime on your organisation.

The ASCL Continuous Education Program (CEP) is designed to keep your expertise and skills updated. You are required to obtain 120 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every 3 years to maintain your c5 certification.

The first batch of this program begins 1st January, 2016.

Certification Syllabus

  1. Global impact of cyber crime
  2. Cyber Incident Response
  3. Data Protection
  4. Fraud Control
  5. Information System Contingency Planning
  6. Cyber Security
  7. Counter Terrorism
  8. Data Privacy
  9. Cyber Insurance
  10. Real World Case Studies