An enforcement agency working with law enforcement in Northern Ireland instructed Carnoustie to assist in the investigation of a grey-market/counterfeit ring, suspected of operating in support of the remnants of paramilitary activity in the region.

Open-source research, focussing on the social media channels and anonymous online profiles being used to market and sale these goods, was successful in identifying a number of ‘real-world’ individuals with connections to the seller profiles. These ‘hubs’ within the network were then extensively profiled to identify location, activities and personal network, enquiries which demonstrated family links between the counterfeit ring and known paramilitaries.


January 4, 2014


Enforcement Agency


Network Mapping