For rewards of online investigation, first protect identity, says OSINT expert Sandra Stibbards


Date: January 14, 2014
By: Brian Kindle

Open sources online can offer extremely rich information and intelligence in virtually any type of financial crime investigation, from hunting fraudsters to conducting due diligence. However, online investigative and due diligence work can also be perilous.

Professionals who do not protect their identities risk not only tipping off the subject of their investigation, but also exposing themselves to retaliation and retribution.

In this ACFCS Financial CrimeCast, open-source intelligence expert and veteran fraud investigator Sandra Stibbards provides crucial guidance on pursuing an investigative subject on the internet. In this preview of her more detailed presentation at the ACFCS Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition, February 5-7, in New York, she shows how to protect and “anonymize” oneself while performing open source investigations.

She also equips listeners with practical online techniques they can use in their jobs, and gives examples of how privacy protection has played a critical role in her own real-world investigations.

(Sandra Stibbards will be a featured speaker at the ACFCS Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition, February 5-7, 2014, at the Marriott Marquis in New York. In her standalone session, she will teach essential investigative skills in the panel, “OSINT and You – Exploiting Open Source Intelligence and Social Media for Better Compliance, Investigations and Due Diligence.” The conference will bring 33 other speakers on 13 panels covering other vital subjects like FATCA, virtual currency, cybersecurity, data analytics, AML and FCPA. To register and for more information, please visit