Authors: Mr. Thomas Goger, Deputy Director of the Bavarian Central Office for the Prosecution of Cybercrime; and Dr. Mark Van Staalduinen, Managing Director of CFLW Cyber Strategies.



Encrypted darknets, like Tor or I2P, have become a safe-haven for criminals who exploit technical anonymity. Their criminal activities range from child abuse and drugs trafficking to large scale financial crimes, affecting both cyberspace and the physical world. Consequently, with these opportunistic actions becoming more sophisticated, there is a prevalent need for improved Dark Web monitoring capabilities to gain an edge over these criminals. Dark Web Monitor supports organizations in the areas of law enforcement, cybersecurity and finance where suspicious activities are taking place allowing them to zero in on suspicious infrastructures by employing advanced analytics to investigate digital traces for disruption and prosecution. During the workshop we will share the latest technical and operational insights how the dark web works and what kind of measures can be taken to de-anonymize actors and infrastructures.

During the workshop, participants can test Dark Web Monitor and carry out initial explorations themselves. To participate in this hands-on experience, they must bring a laptop with access to their professional email address to register on site, as well as a connection, most likely via Wi-Fi.




Mr Thomas Goger

Mr Thomas Goger (47) is Deputy Director of the Bavarian Central Office for the Prosecution of Cybercrime since it has been established in 2015. This office with currently 23 prosecutors and several IT specialists supporting them is one of the largest dedicated units in Europe for the prosecution of high-profile cyber cases. Mr. Goger has worked as a local prosecutor and district judge earlier in his career. He has been called upon as adviser to ministries and parliament on various cybercrime related topics. In 2016, he was seconded to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore for a few months. He has appeared as a speaker at and facilitator of various INTERPOL events ever since. He is author of various articles in law journals on asset recovery regarding cryptocurrencies, on CSAM investigations and on MLAT reform. He has been a presenter at national and international conferences in Germany, Australia, France, Singapore, India, Croatia, Montenegro and the Philippines.


Dr Mark van Staalduinen

Dr Mark van Staalduinen (44) is Managing Director and founder of CFLW Cyber Strategies (CFLW) since November 2019. He obtained his MSc (2003) and PhD (2010) degrees at Delft University of Technology (DUT). Subsequently, Dr. Van Staalduinen worked at The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) between 2007 and 2019. From January 2016 to December 2019, he was posted to Singapore, as well as seconded as a cybercrime expert to INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation. In April 2022, he was also appointed to the Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC) to lead the Trust and Safety program.