Hacking the Web: Exploiting Open Source Intelligence & Cyber-Related Information to Disrupt Illicit Financial Networks

Andrew P. Rudd

We live in an age in which all aspects of our lives are facilitated by technology. The advent of mobile computing has enabled us to accomplish various tasks in a manner that would have seemed far-fetched less than a decade ago. As a corollary, these advancements have also increased risk in an unprecedented fashion. Threat actors can now move money through the financial system from a cell phone in one country, while holding accounts which are operated through a series of shell or front companies in another. This reality highlights the value of AML/CTF Analysts having access to the proper tools, training and knowledge to conduct in-depth online research. This is truly critical to countering the threat to the global financial system by transnational criminal and terrorist organizations.

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