Cybercrime – what is the hidden nature of digital criminal activities nowadays?


The Internet has opened a parallel platform for communications, exchange of information and goods. While the digital dimension may enrich our lives on many different levels, it leaves us vulnerable to new threats. In fact, like the markets, consumers’ habits and interpersonal relationships evolve within digital and virtual arenas, so does crime. Cybercrime and cyberterrorism […]

Research highlights: Bitcoin mining and the creation of unbalanced power dynamics


Trilateral Research works with other partners, as part of the TITANIUM consortium, at curtailing the illicit use of Bitcoin in the financing of terrorist and illicit activities. Within this area of study, Giuseppe Maio, Research Assistant at Trilateral Research, has developed new research focusing on Bitcoin mining. His latest paper, awarded by the Association for Heterodox Economics with […]

Developing new forensic tools to combat Internet Organised Crime and Terrorism

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Today Internet Organized Crime and Terrorism (IOCT) is worryingly expanding. Among others, a few examples include: ransomwares, namely malwares restricting access to files and requesting the payment of a ransom in Bitcoin to remove the restriction; theft of virtual currencies; financing of terrorist activities through Bitcoin payments in the darknet; virtual kidnapping, consisting of sending […]

Bitcoin – Is it really anonymous and what could its implications be?

The virtual currency Bitcoin is among the most well-known applications of blockchain technology. A blockchain is a distributed ledger/database, grown and supported by decentralized network nodes. In Bitcoin, the blockchain is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records of transactions, called blocks, which are linked in a chain, each block referring to the […]

Introducing TITANIUM (Tools for the Investigation of Transactions in Underground Markets)

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A group of 15 consortium partners from seven European countries, including Trilateral Research from the UK, have initiated a new project, called TITANIUM, to curtail criminals and attackers from using blockchain technology to avoid law detection, while at the same time respecting the privacy rights of legitimate users. Blockchain technology is an electronic ledger under […]