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  • Monday, June 24 | 3:35-4:50 PM


    CPE Credit: 1.5

    Level: Intermediate

    Recommended Prerequisite: Knowledge of blockchain encryption, cryptocurrency and online commerce; knowledge of sources of public information available online

    Field of Study: Information Technology

    Since its development by the Office of Naval Research and release nearly two decades ago, Tor has directed communications and commerce with the purpose of concealing the identities of its users against network surveillance or analysis. The imperfect anonymity provided by Tor, and the rest of the dark web, is exploited by users with unlawful intent to aid in the commission of, and commerce related to, a variety of crimes. While on social media and the rest of the internet or conducting other business with a reputable public persona, some users assume that the anonymity of the dark web allows them to vanish or take cover in another identity, conduct transactions in cryptocurrency and hide all traces of their criminal activities. Yet, it is an imperfect anonymity and one that does not resist analysis under all circumstances. In this session, you will see live 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.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Identify resources for cryptocurrency tracking
    • Identify indications of cryptocurrency mechanisms
    • Evaluate and map out cryptocurrency exchanged for attribution
    • Apply practical, freely available tools to the challenge of connecting a dark web identity to a real-world human perpetrator
    Kirby Plessas

    President and CEO, Plessas Experts Network Inc.

    Kirby Plessas is the founder and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc. (PEN), an open source intelligence (OSINT) internet technology and information extraction company that specializes in training, researching and consulting services for law enforcement, government and private-sector organizations.


    Prior to founding PEN in 2008, Plessas served in the U.S. military as an Arabic linguist supporting the Department of Defense. Plessas applied her military intelligence through the use of OSINT experience at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She was selected to participate and help create an innovation center for conducting OSINT and was declared a Technical Expert by the Department of Homeland Security.


    Plessas works to share her love and expert skill of OSINT by delivering hands-on training courses worldwide. She has taught workshops relying heavily on the live internet to Department of Justice agencies, private industry investigators, a major credit card company and other members of law enforcement. She has also served as a panel expert at various conferences.

  • Kirby Plessas

    President and CEO, Plessas Experts Network Inc.

    Kirby Plessas is the founder and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc. (PEN), an open source intelligence (OSINT) internet technology and information extraction company that specializes in training, researching and consulting services for law enforcement, government and private-sector organizations.


    Prior to founding PEN in 2008, Plessas served in the U.S. military as an Arabic linguist supporting the Department of Defense. Plessas applied her military intelligence through the use of OSINT experience at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She was selected to participate and help create an innovation center for conducting OSINT and was declared a Technical Expert by the Department of Homeland Security.


    Plessas works to share her love and expert skill of OSINT by delivering hands-on training courses worldwide. She has taught workshops relying heavily on the live internet to Department of Justice agencies, private industry investigators, a major credit card company and other members of law enforcement. She has also served as a panel expert at various conferences.

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