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POSTPONED: The Dark Web, Bitcoin, Cryptography, and the Threat to National Security

Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:00pm



You are cordially invited to a presentation on the topic:
The Dark Web, Bitcoin, Cryptography, and the Threat to National Security
Mr. Thomas Hadder

Wednesday, March 25th
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
Commodore John Barry Room
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


About the lecture: The presentation is broken down into two parts. The first part delves into three cyber-security topics (dark web, bitcoin, cryptography), and explains the technical part of how each operates at a very basic level to provide the audience a thorough understanding utilizing visual and hands-on learning techniques.

The second part of the presentation focuses on how these emerging technologies can be utilized by terrorists and criminals to threaten national security. It showcases past cases and possible future threats. It concludes with a discussion on how law enforcement and the intelligence community work to stop them.

About the speaker: Mr. Thomas Hader is a Sr. Intelligence Analyst with GDIT and serves as an Intelligence Officer with the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He previously held the position of Lead Researcher at the Counter-Terrorism Research Initiative (CTRI) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. He has also held research positions at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST).

Thomas’ current research examines the evolution and adaptability of terrorist organizations throughout cyberspace. He has published four articles discussing foreign fighter terrorist networks, the migration of terrorist propaganda and recruitment cells into the dark web, and terrorist group responses to the de-escalation of US forces in the Middle East.

Thomas is also a guest lecturer at Howard University’s School of Business and Penn State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology where he presents on The Dark Web, Bitcoin, Cryptography and the Terror-Crime Nexus as well as its role in Business Intelligence. Most recently, Thomas was part of a joint DOD and NATO Partnership for Peace Tabletop Exercise as the subject matter expert on the Dark Web.

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