RKN Global on National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Range of Cybercrime

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, established in a joint effort by industry and the U.S. government to raise the profile of the dangers of the online world and awareness of ways to protect ourselves, our families, and our businesses. While a great deal of our previous focus has been on identity theft and

RKN Global on Fake IDs: Sophisticated Counterfeiters Require a Sophisticated Response

The United States 9/11 Commission Report alerted the world to the truth that “for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.”  The same holds true for criminals of all types:  The ability to move and cross borders without being flagged or identified is extremely important for criminal enterprises.   It is therefore no surprise

RKN Global on Crime and Terrorism Redux: Illegal Cigarettes

Last week, we shed light on how antiquities theft, a seemingly non-violent crime, is used by jihadi terrorists and organized crime to fund and further their murderous activities.  The connection between “non-violent” crimes and violent crime and terrorism is not limited to art and antiquities theft.  Another major example has been making headlines which exposes

RKN Global: A Taxing Problem: Identity Fraud Linked to Tax Returns

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published a report covering the first several months of its activities in 2016.  According to the report, 42,148 tax returns had been identified by the IRS as fraudulent, claiming $227 million in refunds.  Of these, the IRS was able to detect the fraud 79.6% of the time before

RKN Global on the Power of the Stolen Passport and Identity Theft

A young man was arrested this week in Australia for using a fake passport to withdraw $300,000 from various Sydney banks in one day.  His use of an altered passport to steal the money demonstrates the power of an identity document in the hands of criminals. Ronald K. Noble, founder of RKN Global, has repeatedly

RKN Global on Art and Antiquities Theft: The Handmaiden of Terrorism and Crime

In the mind of the average citizen, the mention of art or antiquities may evoke images of the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or any of a number of similarly solemn and august museum structures throughout the world.  But to members of law enforcement worldwide, the mention of art