Darknet – an insight in the structure of the Darknet and the Silk Road Case
Lieutenant-Colonel Volker Kozok works in the German Federal Ministry of Defence as an official for the Commissioner for Data Protection in the German Armed Forces. For many years he held various positions as an IT Security Officer and oversaw the 11-month training of the Computer Emergency Response Team of the German Armed Forces as a training manager in 2001.
As an IT Forensic Investigator and Security Analyst he focuses on reviewing and evaluating complex IT systems, on network analysis and on auditing.
Based on his work for national and international teams on cyber security and his close ties to U.S. authorities, he dealt extensively with the issues of cyber security and cyber crime, focusing on risk management and analysis of network-based attacks.
In addition to his work, he is a frequent speaker at specialist conferences and conducts awareness training courses in the German Armed Forces and external organizations.
The speaker will outline the basic mechanisms of the “dark web” or “deep web” and describe the various user groups and their motives. Individual areas of the dark web will be explained and, with the Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) as an example, one of the most controversial figures of the dark net will be presented in the second part of the presentation. Ross Ulbricht aka DPR, operator of Silk Road, the largest online marketplace, was arrested by the F.B.I. With Silk Road as an example, the function of illegal online marketplaces and the activities of the investigating authorities against thenew form of cybercrime will be described. The issue of the right of anonymity and invisibility and the need for effective ways to combat cybercrime will be addressed again at the end of the presentation.