OSINT for Cryptocurrency Attribution – 2019 OSMOSIS Session Topic

Kirby Plessas

Since the development of Tor nearly two decades ago, the free, worldwide overlay network has directed communications and commerce with the express purpose of concealing the identities of its users against network surveillance or analysis. Some users assume the anonymity provided by Tor and the rest of the dark web will allow them to commit a variety of crimes while cloaked in a persona distinct from their social media or real world identity. However, it is an imperfect anonymity and one that does not resist analysis under all circumstances. Connections between identities, cryptocurrency tracking, and cryptocurrency exchange mechanisms include resources for attribution. In this rapid-paced seminar, follow live methodology demonstrations of how to uncover the connections between dark web activity and a human being in the real world using freely available tools and techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify resources for cryptocurrency tracking and indications of cryptocurrency mechanisms
  • Evaluate and map out cryptocurrency exchanged for attribution
  • Connect a dark web identity to a real-world human perpetrator using practical, freely available tools