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The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute


Gert Jan van Hardeveld, graduated 2018

The novel knowledge and skills Gert gained in the field of cybercrime research during his PhD made him a good fit for his current role as a Tactical Cyber Investigation Specialist at the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service.

He said: I chose to study Web Science because it was a new field, with an exciting opportunity to study an important topic in an interdisciplinary manner at a top university. The programme was also led by inspiring academics and had many impressive partners. My PhD was studying the behaviour of online criminals, specifically focusing on those trading in stolen payment card details. I also did an internship at INTERPOL's Global Complex for Innovation, in Singapore, in the Research and Innovation Team. I contributed to several reports, training development, operational work and research, mainly looking at new issues relating to the Dark Web and cryptocurrencies.

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