Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You!
A Closer Look at Technology and Fraud
During an investigation, we scour the web and social networks for employment backgrounds, contacts, education history, past behavior and so on. However, we should be concerned about information we are posting that the bad guys can use against us.
Arthur Hulnick, a former CIA officer, estimates that open-source intelligence (a form of intelligence collection management that involves finding, selecting and acquiring information from publicly available sources) accounts for "as much as 80 percent" of the entire intelligence database. (See "Sailing the Sea of OSINT in the Information Age," by Stephen C. Mercado.) This is possible, in part, because organizations and their employees freely publish information online they probably should keep to themselves. And those loose lips can lead to outright fraud. (Also see "NATO Open Source Intelligence Reader.")
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Before you continue reading this, look at your organization's job postings and ask, "What are we telling the competition about us?"