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Search Warrants & Bitcoins/Cryptocurrency/Virtual-Currency?

Discussion of legislation relating to computer forensics.
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Search Warrants & Bitcoins/Cryptocurrency/Virtual-Currency?

Post Posted: Apr 23, 18 17:37

I'm trying to figure out some good ways to word search warrants and ITOs (Information To Obtain a search warrant) so that they cover virtual currencies.

There's also one little issue that has been bugging me because of the way we word our current search warrants; that's the date range we specify on our searches.

The problem is that if I'm looking for evidence that relates to a crime that occurred two years ago, and my search warrant limits me to a specific date range, there may still be evidence in a more recently installed wallet that would allow me to help prosecute the crime.

If I just look at the computer's file system and wallet files, I'm worried that I may not have grounds to seize.

The thing is, even if a bitcoin address is recent, I can trace it back through the blockchain and get transaction histories and balances for the time frame I'm interested in.

So part my question is how do I explain this so that I can seize a wallet regardless of the time frame?

Thanks for any help/references/links/etc.
"Tout contact laisse des traces" - Edmond Locard 

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Re: Search Warrants & Bitcoins/Cryptocurrency/Virtual-Currency?

Post Posted: Apr 23, 18 18:49

Maybe these videos are for you, or at least the second one: www.forensicfocus.com/...8/#6593768
I had overlooked the significant legal implication of some crypto currencies' ledger feature, because everyday discussions trick you into this cash interpretation. How do you solve your problem, if you are looking for other traceable goods, like (intact) cars?  

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Re: Search Warrants & Bitcoins/Cryptocurrency/Virtual-Curren

Post Posted: Apr 24, 18 01:08

Have you consulted with anyone at RCMP? I'm sure they have a cyber division.

I'm not a cellular technology expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. 

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