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Cybercrime, the new underbelly of the Internet

  • 11 Sep 2013
  • 18:00
  • FB Rice

This presentation explores the international rise in cybercrime facing individuals, businesses and governments and the desperate need to overhaul the methods used to fight cybercriminals. Ken will look at the Internet Fraud Watchdog's (IFW) role in the fight against cybercrime and examine a case study showing how a partnership between IFW and NSW Police led to the exposure of a serious organized cybercrime syndicate based in Asia, targeting Australian families.
Ken will examine how IFW is interacting between police and major corporations in the enforcement of intellectual property rights online and how the online sale of counterfeit products has reached epidemic proportions undermining the reputations of some of the world’s leading brands.
Ken will look at the most sinister aspect of all cybercrime, the use of the “Dark Web” where criminals can use networks to trade in complete anonymity using virtual currency to avoid detection and prosecution.  We look at online markets for hard drugs, contract killings, weapons and explosives, false passports and entire new identities.
Ken will explore concerns that these anonymous marketplaces operate under the eyes of law enforcement bodies, which are helpless to identify or detect the offenders because of the use of anonymous trading platforms. These platforms, such as the Tor Network, offer complete privacy and anonymity to its users.

Ken Gamble

Ken Gamble started his career as a private investigator in 1988, working as part of a surveillance team contracting to the Government Insurance Office (GIO). He later founded the firm Gamble & Associates, a specialist surveillance agency that held exclusive contracts with Australia’s largest insurance companies and a Commonwealth government agency. By the mid 1990s, the firm’s investigative services were in high demand and Ken’s cases took him into various parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. He developed working relationships with many international business risk consultancies and numerous foreign law enforcement agencies. In 2002, Ken’s firm merged with CDS Group International, a well-respected international business risk consultancy based in the USA. Ken moved to the USA in 2004 to take up the position of VP, Global Investigations, managing and reporting to a group of clients including some of the world’s largest multinational corporations who faced threats and risks operating in foreign markets.

By 2006, Ken returned to Australia and founded the private firm, Gamble Investigations International (GII), a global investigative agency, which today operates through various legal entities in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2007 during the Rugby World Cup in Paris, Ken and his team uncovered a major sports ticketing fraud syndicate operating from the UK and using a number of fake ticketing websites. The fraud syndicate was exposed and shut down and this successful case led to the opening of the agency, Internet Fraud Watchdog (IFW) founded the same year.

In 2008, Ken’s focus shifted from traditional investigations to Cybercrime. He started exposing major international frauds and scams including the 2008 Beijing Olympic ticket fraud case, which resulted in the mastermind being jailed for 8 years in London. By 2010, Ken’s IFW staff included a technical operations team comprising of IT security, forensic experts, cyber intelligence professionals and software developers. IFW’s team developed proprietary technology used to combat online brand theft and IFW now represents both Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 corporations to protect their brands and trademarks online through various global online brand protection programs. IFW’s industry success led to Ken’s exclusive appointment as the Australian Chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention (IACP) by Association Founder and President, Chief Judge Mohamed Chawki (LL.B, BA, LL.M, PhD, FRSA) of the Council of State in Egypt following a series of successful investigations in Egypt on satellite TV piracy gangs.

Today, Ken’s team works daily alongside foreign-based field investigators, consultants and law enforcement agencies to infiltrate organized cybercrime networks and gather evidence against professional fraudsters, digital pirates and counterfeiters.  Ken is a regular guest speaker at fraud and cybercrime conferences and regularly contributes to local and international newspapers and television media in relation to Internet fraud and cybercrime related cases. He has also recently taken up writing articles for industry publications and lecturing to the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on Cyber-fraud and Cybercrime.

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