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Using OSINT for Cryptocurrency Attribution

  • Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST (2018-12-17 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Kirby Plessas

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Encryption and anonymity offered by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are exploited for securing illicit transactions, but these transactions still include attributable features that lead to identifying information. While dark webs and cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular, these nascent technologies are still misunderstood by many users. This presentation will use live examples and real-world applications to demonstrate how freely available tools can be employed to gather valuable information in support of investigations. Objectives include locating resources for cryptocurrency tracking, identifying indications of cryptocurrency mechanisms, and mapping cryptocurrency exchanges for user attribution.

Speaker Bio

Kirby Plessas

Kirby Plessas is founder and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc. (PEN), an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) internet technology and information extraction company specializing in training, researching, and consulting to meet the unique needs of diverse law enforcement, government, and private-sector organizations.

Kirby established herself as one of the foremost tradecraft experts in OSINT through a successful career as a member of the U.S. Military and as a Government Contractor prior to founding PEN in 2008. A service-disabled veteran, Kirby began her career in Military Intelligence as an Arabic linguist supporting the Department of Defense. Upon completion of her Army service, Ms. Plessas applied her Military Intelligence expertise through the use of her OSINT experience at the Defense Intelligence Agency, supporting the warfighter and other Intelligence Community activities. Acknowledged as an expert in her field, in 2007 she was selected to participate and instrumental in the creation and institution of an innovation center for conducting Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In great tribute to her long list of personal and corporate accomplishments in her field, the Department of Homeland Security declared Kirby Plessas an OSINT Technical Expert (2010).

Through her work at PEN, Kirby shares her love of innovative technology and OSINT expert skill by delivering hands-on training courses throughout the United States and internationally. Presenting at conferences, corporate workshops, and consulting, over the last decade Ms. Plessas has taught social media and Dark Web classes for more than 12,000 members of law enforcement. Supporting several agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice, a major credit card company and other private industry investigator groups with OSINT training, Kirby demonstrates her adaptability and expertise by presenting training workshops that rely heavily upon the live internet instead of a slide deck. Kirby has presented workshops and served as a panel expert at conferences including SXSW Interactive, the Dutch Cyber Crime Conference, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime.

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