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Auto Insurance Fraud Schemes & How to Combat Them with Automated OSINT Solutions

There are many types of auto insurance fraud schemes, ranging from simple exaggerations to elaborate conspiracies. To rise to this challenge and effectively combat auto insurance fraud, insurance carriers should leverage the power of automated Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) solutions. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most common auto…

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A History of OSINT: From Informing Spies to Detecting Lies

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) has a long and storied history. From early forms of espionage to modern-day social media investigations, OSINT has played a crucial role in the way organizations gather information to meet certain objectives.

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The Hidden Costs of Ignoring Crime: Why Your Business Needs a Security, Intelligence, or Investigation Team

Crime can have an expensive impact on businesses—and you face risk on all fronts, with internal and external actors causing U.S. businesses to hemorrhage funds.

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The Top Security and Investigation Risks and Threats of 2023

Entering 2023, security leaders are reviewing data from 2022 and looking at the year ahead to identify possible threats and risks on the horizon that could lead to crisis situations for their organizations.

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Crime Trends During a Recession

Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, economies are slowing down and the world might very well be on the verge of a recession. One may assume that crime increases during difficult financial periods. However, historical data does not clearly suggest that the socioeconomic effects of a downturn market necessarily lead to increased crime…

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OSINT for Charities and Non-Profits

Non-profits and Charities can utilize OSINT to secure their people and organization and support investigations. Donation funded, charities and non-profits often have to rely on limited resources to conduct investigations and monitor threats.

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The Lego Method: An Investigator's Process for Enhancing OSINT

My bewildered colleague, who wanted to observe a digital investigation, struggled to comprehend my focus on the Facebook profile of a seemingly unimportant woman. I found her by reversing the phone number of a current tenant living where the subject allegedly resided. However, no obvious links between the two individuals existed: major age gap,…

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Crime Scripts: Interpreting Criminal Decision-Making to Disrupt Crime

To prevent and disrupt crime and disorder at scale, investigators are increasingly utilizing scientific approaches. Problem-oriented policing (POP) is an approach that involves using analytics to identify and understand a specific problem and develop a tailored response.

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Cryptocurrencies: The Evolution of Criminal Funds

In the absence of effective regulation, the criminal use of cryptocurrency is accelerating. Whilst the scale of the criminal use of cryptocurrencies is difficult to determine, it was estimated to be roughly $14 billion worth of transactions in 2021. $14 billion represents only a small share of the overall cryptocurrency market, however, this figure…

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The Intelligence Cycle: Generating OSINT from OSINF

The Intelligence Cycle is a structured process that outlines the steps involved in producing intelligence. Intelligence, most simply defined as information with added value, is the output of the intelligence cycle, where raw data and information flow into the process and emerge with value for the organization.

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