Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Dr. Angela Irwin

Lecturer

PhD, University of South Australia, 2013, PGDip - Computer Security and Forensics, MSc - Management Information Systems, BSc - Network Computing.

Research interests

  • Anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing
  • Use of digital currencies for illicit activity
  • Cybercrime
  • Cybersecurity

Biography

Angela is a lecturer in Cyber Security and Cyber Policing and Intelligence at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology.  Her research is focused on understanding how cybercriminals, money launderers and terrorist organisations exploit cyberspace for financial gain.  Her interests include money laundering and terrorism financing in the cyber realm, the use of cryptocurrencies to fund violent jihad, the links between cybercrime and the underground economy, uncovering and protecting digital identity in cyberspace and securing the human element in cyber space and aspects of cyber security.

Angela has a number of years' experience in conducting research on topics related to computer security and national defence.  She has published papers in a number of Information Technology and anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing academic journals.  Her research has been multidisciplinary, substantially adding to theoretical and empirical knowledge in the areas of criminology, sociology, psychology and information and computer technology (ICT).

In January 2017, Angela will become the Managing Editor of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers Journal.

Teaching

  • PICT848 Cyber Security
  • PICT849 Cyber Policing and Intelligence

Available student projects

I am happy to supervise projects on areas related to cybercrime, cyber security and anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing, digital currencies.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Turner A and Irwin, A S M (2017) Bitcoin Transactions: A digital discovery of illicit activity on the blockchain, Journal of Financial Crime - Upcoming
  • Reynolds P and Irwin, A S M (2017) Tracking Digital Footprints: Anonymity within the Bitcoin System, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 20(2) - Upcoming
  • Irwin, A S M and Milad G (2016) The use of cryptocurrencies in funding violent jihad, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 19(4), pp. 407- 425
  • Irwin, A S M; Slay, J; Choo, K-K R; Liu, L (2014) Money laundering and terrorism financing in virtual environments: A feasibility study, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 17(1)
  • Irwin, A S M; Slay, J; Choo, K-K R; Liu, L (2013) Are the financial transactions conducted inside virtual environments truly anonymous? An experimental research from an Australian perspective, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 16(1), pp. 6 - 40
  • Irwin, A S M, Choo, K-K R & Liu, L (2012) An analysis of money laundering and terrorism financing typologies, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 15(1), pp. 85 - 111 (This paper was the most downloaded JMLC paper of 2012)
  • Irwin, A S M, Choo, K-K R & Liu, L (2012) Modelling of money laundering and terrorism financing typologies, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Issue 15(3), pp. 315 - 335
  • Zeadally, S; Hunt, R; Chen, Y-S; Irwin, A & Hassan, A (2012 reprint from 2010) Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETS): status, results and challenges, Telecommunication Systems, August 2012, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp 217-241

Refereed conference publications

  • Irwin, A S M & Slay, J (2010) Detecting Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Activity in Second Life and World of Warcraft, Proceedings of the 1st International Cyber Resilience Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, 23rd June 2010
  • Irwin, A S M & Hunt, R (2009) Forensic methods for detection of deniable encryption in mobile networks, Communications, Computers and Signal Processing, 2009. PacRim 2009. IEEE Pacific Rim Conference, August 23, 2009

Other publications

  • Irwin, A S and Choo, R (2013) The future of technology in the governance, risk management and compliance space, Thomson Reuters, September 2013

Presentations

  • Irwin, A S M (2015) Should we be scared of Bitcoins? 3rd Annual Police Technology Forum on 17 - 18th March 2015, Canberra
  • Irwin, A S M (2015) The use of digital currencies to fund acts of terror, New South Wales Crime Commission Seminar Series, June 2015, Sydney
  • Irwin, A S M (2015) The Use of digital currencies to fund acts of terror.  Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), Intelligence 2015 conference on 25-27th August 2015, Melbourne
  • Irwin, A S M (2016) The Risks of Bitcoin for Funding Violent Jihad: Should we be Afraid of Bitcoin? Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Education Series on 2 February 2016, Sydney

Projects

  • Irwin, A S M, Turner, A & Reynolds, P, June 2015 - June 2016, Linking Identity to Bitcoin transactions
  • Irwin, A S M & Jamdagni D, June 2015 - December 2015, The feasibility of using Bitcoins to fund acts of terror

HDR Supervision

PhD 

  • Rebecca Vogel, "The Insider Threat" (PhD)

Master by Reseach 

  • Adam Turner, "To catch a digital thief:  linking identity to a Bitcoin transaction"

Related websites


Contact:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 1427
Fax: +61 (0)2 9850 1440
Email: Angela.Irwin@mq.edu.au
Office location:
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109