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Swiss Detective Agency in cyber and financial crime investigations

Swiss Detective Agency in cyber and financial crime investigations

The Cyber & Financial Crimes Division of the Swiss Detective Agency investigates criminal activity carried out through the use of technology and modern telecommunication networks.

Offenses include network intrusions, online impersonations, violation of intellectual property rights, computer-related theft and/or fraud, money laundering, identity theft, credit card abuse, and counterfeit currency.

Financial Crimes

This unit is responsible for investigations involving identity theft to include crimes related to forged documents involving personal, commercial, and governmental entities. This unit also investigates credit card abuse, counterfeit currency, fraudulent identifications, and financial exploitation of the elderly.

Cyber Crimes

This unit is responsible for investigations pertaining to network intrusions, online impersonations, intellectual property rights violations, business email compromise, ransomware, doxing, swatting, computer-related theft and/or fraud, and the unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material.

Traditional law enforcement government agencies are now called upon to investigate not only real-world crimes but also crimes on the Internet. Many well-known federal agencies even publish and update the “most wanted” list of cybercriminals, in the same way, we’ve seen traditional criminals listed and publicized for years.

A digital crime or cybercrime is a crime that involves the usage of a computer, phone, or any other digital device connected to a network. These electronic devices can be used for two things: to perform the cybercrime (that is, launch a cyber attack), or act as the victim, by receiving the attack from other malicious sources.

Therefore, a cybercrime investigation is a process of investigating, analyzing, and recovering critical forensic digital data from the networks involved in the attack—this could be the Internet and/or a local network—in order to identify the authors of the digital crime and their true intentions.

Cybercrime investigators must be experts in computer science, understanding not only software, file systems, and operating systems, but also how networks and hardware work. They must be knowledgeable enough to determine how the interactions between these components occur, to get a full picture of what happened, why it happened, when it happened, who performed the cybercrime itself, and how victims can protect themselves in the future against these types of cyber threats.

Why our investigators are in high demand

The main goal of our investigation is to bring the perpetrators to justice. If necessary, we will continue to be involved in the case until a sentence is carried out, by consulting lawyers and providing testimony in court.

Deep knowledge of criminal schemes

Based on our hands-on experience, we have extensive knowledge of criminal schemes ranging from recruiting insiders and developing malicious programs to withdrawing and cashing out money. This enables us to immobilize the attackers before businesses or individuals suffer major damage.

Individual approach by the special project team

Every investigation is different and may require a different path through the process. Swiss Detective Agency investigations are conducted by a diverse project team consisting of cyber investigators and forensic analysts, economic security, financial audit, corporate law, and financial crime experts.

Collaboration with law enforcement agencies

As technology reaches nearly all areas of our lives, law enforcement officers are challenged to maintain the skills and tools needed to conduct thorough investigations. Our experts work closely with international police in combating various types of crimes — from computer-based crimes to murders and missing people.

Proprietary technologies for criminals detection

The Swiss Detective Agency investigation department has adopted a proactive approach and developed a set of technologies for identifying groups or individuals who are assessed as being involved in ongoing criminal activity. We accelerate investigations using in-house tools for pattern analysis, network analysis, and tactical profiling.

What types of crimes do we handle?

High-tech crime investigations are the oldest area of our activity. We conduct a wide variety of investigations, including:

  • Data theft - Competitive espionage, phishing, intellectual property breach, theft of trade secrets, credentials, and other sensitive information.

  • Financial crimes - Cryptocurrency theft, online banking, mobile banking, email fraud, ATMs, card processing, SWIFT, payment gateways.

  • Insider attacks - Abuse of authority, competitive espionage, critical infrastructure damage, data leakage, and account takeover.

  • Information wars - Extortion, reputational damage, defamation, harassment, and identity theft.

  • Flood attacks - Overload of communication channels (emails, phone calls, social messengers).

  • DoS/DDoS attacks - Competitive and targeted attacks to overload web services and networks.

  • Critical infrastructure attacks - Attacks on water supply, transport infrastructure, and power grid control systems.

  • Malware attacks - Malware creation, proliferation, and control, botnets, ransomware, and spyware.

What you get after the investigation

The results of our investigations include:

  • Detailed threat actor profile - We explore the anatomy of the attack and threat actor’s infrastructure, identify the mechanisms and recreate the sequence of events.

  • Professional evidence collection for court - investigators collect all digital evidence in compliance with legal requirements and prepare required documentation for presenting evidence correctly in court.

  • Law enforcement consultation - Our investigators have sound knowledge of the relevant law and provide full cycle consultation support to lawyers and different enforcement agencies at every stage of the investigation.

If you are a victim of cybercrime, contact us by filling out the online contact form on our website or by calling the number +41 44 586 60 33

Swiss Detective Agency

Schaffhauserstrasse 550.

CH-8050 Zürich


T. +41 44 586 60 33

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