Objectives

#1 Bring Practitioners Together​

Bringing together a rich panel of practitioners from EU national authorities to identify new trends related to crypto-assets, new payment methods and crowdfunding used by terrorists and to adapt them in their operational pipeline.

#2 Increase Operational Capacity
and Investigation Capabilities​

Making use of new technology and innovative solutions to increase the operational capacity and investigation capabilities of relevant authorities combating terrorist financing, including cross-border investigations and information sharing.

#3 Exploit Results​

Exploiting research results from previous and ongoing research projects funded by the EC and contribute to EC efforts for greater exploitation of project outcomes by LEAs, other practitioners and EU institutions. 

#4 Collaboration

Anti-FinTer aims to ensure compatibility with core architectural principles so that Anti-FinTer results can be integrated through APIs with goFintel as well as other existing FIUs’ systems, and to creating and sustaining training curricula in cooperation with the OICT.

The project has received Letters of Support from several stakeholder organizations that will provide an initial panel of practitioners that will participate in projects activities, in context of the Knowledge Hub in WP2 and the Webinar series in WP5. 

The project will engage the ENLETS Technology Interest Group on Financial Crime that is also related to terrorism financing.

Through the cooperation with UN-OICT, Financial Intelligence Units worldwide will also be invited to participate in the practitioner group.

Our support of EACTDA (an engagement with EACTDA through four project partners who are members) enables direct access to additional LEA and forensic stakeholders. Finally, the support of I-LEAD will connect us with practitioners through dissemination events and workshops.

The support of I-LEAD will connect us with practitioners through dissemination events and workshops.

Thus, not only will the project start with a rich panel of experts committed through the LoS, but the prospects for growing this panel through organizational contacts are very good. The project targets to implement principles originating from the concept of ‘parallel investigations’ introduced by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which in principle states that law enforcement authorities should develop a proactive parallel investigation approach for analysing terrorism offences and terrorist financing ones at the same time, since these are typically closely coupled. In support of this approach, apart from analysing only financial sources of data (i.e., crypto-assets and anomalies in financial transactions), the project will also focus on the analysis of terrorist activities observes in the Dark Web (i.e., making use of Dark Web and visual analytics technologies) and on the analysis of OSINT sources that mention cryptocurrency addresses. The former is valuable in detecting terrorist activities (that are closely associated with financing ones), such as crowd funding, extremist forums, firearms trade, etc., and the latter is crucial for de-anonymizing the actors that carry out the related cryptocurrency transactions.