The Austrian subproject focuses on approaches to the effective discovery and analysis of patterns in criminal financial transactions. In addition to criminological studies, research will concentrate on links to adjacent ecosystems, including references to accounts and addresses in social media platforms and the so-called “Darknet”.
The application of an unprecedented combination of information sources (transactional, Social Media and Darknet analysis) should enhance the efficiency of de-anonymization and identification of criminal actors in virtual currency transactions. For this purpose, analysis software will be developed, installed, tested and evaluated against the requirements of the project stakeholders.
The Austrian subproject has a volume of 635,000 Euros and is funded at a rate of 80% by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). Project funding is managed through the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The duration of the Austrian subproject is two years and four months (October 2014 – January 2017).