UNODC Strengthens Capabilities with Digital Evidence through a specialized course in Panama

25-26 June 2018 - Panama's ability to counter drug trafficking and cybercrime through the appropriate use of digital evidence provided by UNODC experts.

In order to improve technical skills regarding digital evidence gathering to ensure an effective response to challenges arising from drug trafficking networks, UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime, jointly with CRIMJUST, launched the Training Workshop on Cybercrime. The course took place in Panama, from 25 to 26 June 2018. Twenty-six participants - officers from the Public Prosecution Office and the Police of Panama (National Directorate of Police Intelligence and Directorate of Judicial Investigation) attended the event.

During the first day, Ms. Bertha Nayelly Loya, Coordinator of the Global Programme on Cybercrime in El Salvador, discussed general characteristics of cybercrime, as well as the international framework on cybercrime. Mr. Adrián Acosta, an international export from INTERPOL, provided information on the tools and services available through INTERPOL's platform, the terminology related thereto (IP, Malware, BEC, Sextortion), and the importance of OSINT (Open-Source Intelligence). In addition, Mr. Igor Blanco, a prosecutor from the Specialized Unit on Cybercrime in Panamá, explained the specifics of  Panamanian legislation on this topic.

The second day focused on investigations of online child sexual exploitation (ICSE database) and provided updated information on sextortion, BEC, and Ramsonware, as well as the darkweb. Participants also analyzed cryptocurrencies and how to request digital evidence from internet service providers.

Through the workshop, participants reviewed basic concepts for carrying out investigations that involve the use of information technology, including specifically the legal framework applicable to cybercrime investigations and inter-agency coordination. 

Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by European Union Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.

For more information:

-  European Union "Cocaine Route Programme"

- UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime