Spyder Forensics DarkNet Investigator (Live On-Site – IACIS Training Event 2024)

This Spyder Forensics class delivers unique content which is not offered anywhere else. The course material is supported by real-world examples and incidents. This course will provide the student with the understanding of how to accomplish an effective investigation of Darknet sites and DarkWeb users. The course will allow law enforcement to increase their investigative skills to meet the new challenges offered by the anonymity of the Darknet.

The course will use adult learning principles of presentation and demonstration of the techniques. Students are strongly encouraged to follow along during the course on the provided classroom laptops. The course is strictly restricted to Government and Police as it contains new and innovative methodology and techniques.

STRICTLY Law enforcement, Government, Armed forces and Police ONLY

This course is designed for government and police investigators, to understand where to start their Darknet investigations and how to operate in this new environment. Investigators engaged in online investigations of any kind and those using open source (OSINT) analytics will benefit greatly from this course. Crime analysts, National security investigators, crimes against children investigators, drug investigators will especially benefit. This is an advanced-level course presented from an investigator’s point of view. Those with a non-technical background will also benefit from the material presented. This is not a general lecture course and is for experienced investigators to learn advanced topics.

Throughout the weeklong course topics will include:

  • The Darknet/Dark Web, what it is and what it is not
  • To Tor or not to Tor
  • Technology and techniques to locate a suspect on the Darknet
  • Cryptocurrency and its use in the Darknet
  • Going Undercover on the Darknet
  • Exploring the other Darknets
  • Meta data use on the Internet in Images and documents
  • Darkweb legend building


Session Description

The course will cover the following topics and more:

The instructional material and course exercises are presented from an investigators point of view. Those attending with a limited technical background will benefit from the step-by-step material and guides used in the course.
This course contains new and innovative law enforcement specific methodologies and techniques.

The Darknet/Dark Web, what it is and what it is not
Understanding what the Darknet really is can be a challenge. The technology behind the Darknet is not a single program or location. This session will explore what the Darknet is and how it differs from the Deep web.

To Tor or not to Tor
Setting up and using Tor may in itself be easy but finding what you want on the Tor network can be a challenge. This session will look at the Tor network how it works and methods for using it during an investigation.

Cryptocurrency and its use in the Darknet
New to investigations involving bitcoin? Need to understand how to track the funds through various cryptocurrencies? How do wallets work and is there any evidence I can use when I find one? This session will provide you with the ability to understand and deal with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during you investigations.
Going Undercover on the Darknet
Darknet investigations require the use of a persona like any other investigation. It also requires that you understand the equipment you are using, and practice online officer safety techniques specialized for online/Darknet investigations. This session will look at the requirements and investigator have, equipment and persona background specializing in Darknet investigations.
Exploring the other Darknets
This block looks at some of the other Darknet tools available on the Internet, how to access them and how to find evidence of criminal activity.
Technology and techniques to locate a suspect on the Darknet
Anonymous networks are intentionally designed to hide users. Are there legally available methods which we can implement to identify anonymous users on the Internet? The answer is definitely yes. The attendees will learn techniques to locate targets online through the use of various code. The attendees will actually build tools to assist in an investigation. The potential legal issues when implementing these techniques will also be discussed.
Meta data use on the Internet in Images and documents
This block exposes the investigator to the use of Meta Data in files. How tracking duplicates, the sources uploading, revealing Exif data in images and other identifiers used to establish device location, source, and tracking. How Hashing and searching can identify additional actionable intelligence or investigative leads.
Darkweb legend building
Non attributable SN profile and legend building, tradecraft, and good digital hygiene around this area.

Students will receive
• Step-by-step instructions for all exercises.
• Handouts and cheat-sheets used for quick reference
• Access to course files via the Spyder Forensics LMS

Course Price: $2,495

Please book on the IACIS website: IACIS Registration page


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About the Trainer

Todd is a globally recognized expert on Internet Investigations. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience. As a Detective Sergeant he supervised the Financial and Cybercrime units for the Reno, Nevada Police Department starting the first cybercrime unit in the State of Nevada. As the Director of High Tech Crime Training for SEARCH he managed a team of trainers teaching U.S. Law enforcement nationwide about technology crime investigation. He has been awarded a Patent and has designed and built software. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE) and an IACIS Certified Forensic Computer Examiner. He writes and speaks the topic of cybercrime and is co-author of Investigating Internet Crimes, An introduction to solving crimes in cyberspace. He is the featured Internet crime expert in the movie “Deepweb” directed by Alex Winter. Todd presents to government, law enforcement and investigators around the world, both independently, and at events such as ISS world training events. He is a lecturer for Interpol, the Canadian Police College, and the University of Nevada, Reno.
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Apr 29 2024 - May 03 2024


8:00 am - 5:00 pm




Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821