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Challenging cyber crime

Over 200 representatives from law enforcement agencies, government and academia met at Southampton Science Park's Axis Conference Centre to launch a partnership between the University of Southampton’s Cyber Security Academy and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

SEROCU is a police unit delivering a cohesive regional response to serious organised crime within the boundaries of Hampshire Constabulary, Thames Valley Police, Surrey Police and Sussex Police.

Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Director of the Cyber Security Academy, said: "It is important that academia and law enforcement agencies come together to apply the latest outcomes from the UK's research and innovation. I am delighted to have formally launched this partnership with SEROCU which I hope will make a difference in police's increasingly challenging and complex criminal investigations in this arena."

Virtual currencies are being used in increasing quantities on domains such as the dark web, requiring new approaches and legislation to be enacted by police authorities. The cryptocurrency masterclass held during the event drew upon best practice to prepare attendees for this new challenge.

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