Cryptocurrency Security Advisor and Author of "How Not To Lose All
My journey into cryptocurrency security and fraud investigation occurred gradually over the past decade. For many years I travelled the world educating law enforcement, military, government and corporations how to use the internet as an investigative research tool. A core component of that program was examining and exploring the "Dark Net" - the area of the internet not accessible to regular search and navigation tools. Back then, the default currency of the Dark Net was Bitcoin due to it's anonymity and difficulty to trace, as well as it's cumbersome use and lack of mainstream application.
As the value of Bitcoin grew, it caught the attention of both legacy and social media and early adopters began to invest in Bitcoin as a store of value and as a trading token. Altcoins followed and cryptocurrency became an "overnight" phenomenon. With the growth of cryptocurrencies came unprecedented opportunities for organized crime, scams, and fraud fuelled in part by the naivety of ordinary people trying to create instant wealth.
The passage below is from the introduction to the guide I created to help ordinary investors and traders understand the process of buying, selling and trading cryptocurrency, while being aware of the mistakes, scams and complex language and tools involved.
Since writing this guide I have provided consulting services to cryptocurrency exchanges in North America and Europe, as well as tackling multi-million dollar frauds targeting exchanges and other financial institutions involving cryptocurrency. I am a security advisor to a number of high net worth investors and work alongside companies involved in ICO's to provide protection and guidance on security and fraud prevention.
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"I’m an online investigator and educator to law enforcement, government, military and Fortune 500 companies globally.
I have spent the past two decades using the internet to solve crime and teaching others to do the same. I’m also
a seasoned crypto-currency investor, educator and problem solver.
What I am NOT is an expert in investments; I can’t tell you where to put your money to build wealth or provide anything more
than a basic overview of the structure and functionality of the blockchain, but I CAN tell you how to avoid making
common mistakes that could lose you a lot of money and how to safely and securely buy, trade and sell crypto-currency and
avoid the dreaded “customer support ticket”
Why are support tickets a bad thing? you ask…
Well, 2017 was the year that cryptocurrency exploded and not a lot of people saw it coming, including those that were already
in the industry. Some crypto-currency exchanges saw in excess of 100,000 new account creations every day and they had
neither the resources nor the infrastructure to scale quickly enough to deal with the demand for services.
Couple that with the fact that many of the people entering the space were neophytes who knew very little about investment,
digital currency, encryption, trading or the blockchain, and required a little extra help in understanding how it all worked.
Even those of us that are familiar and experienced in cryptocurrency processes can make mistakes or exercise poor judgement
at times and the crypto-currency environment leaves very little margin for error. While social media and the news media is
awash with advice on which coins to buy and speculation on whether it’s all a bubble, the support tickets at
cryptocurrency exchanges are piling up at an alarming rate as people rush into the space hoping to take advantage of
the opportunities cryptocurrencies provide without the knowledge or skills to troubleshoot and problem-solve if things go
awry. That is the purpose of this guide."