COSINT – OSINT on Cars

Whether you are an insurance investigator, working in law enforcement or supporting crowd-sourced OSINT investigations, e.g. with the National Child Protection Task Force, you will often come across vehicles in the cases you work on. There are many different approaches to find information on vehicles and sometimes also on their owners. This blog will show some of the resources you can use when conducting COSINT: … Continue reading COSINT – OSINT on Cars

Using RESET for better OSINT

OSINT is about focusing on possibilities. But sometimes we get stuck or things we planned simply didn’t work as planned. We all know when things in our daily life don’t work we reset it. If the tv doesn’t work we reset it by turning it off and on. Your smartphone glitches or apps hang and we reset the apps or the entire device.  We can … Continue reading Using RESET for better OSINT

Don’t Hesitate, Isolate (Your Virtual Machine)

Guest blog post by Jeff Lomas (@BleuBloodHound). There have been several excellent virtual machines (VMs) designed to assist in OSINT assessments including popular VMs such as Tsurugi Linux (OSINT and digital forensics) and Trace Labs’ OSINT VM. While these are great tools for conducting OSINT assessments it is also important to configure them to protect your host system. What is Isolation? Before we go down … Continue reading Don’t Hesitate, Isolate (Your Virtual Machine)

Ten Minute Tip: Image Geolocation – Part 1

This Ten Minute Tip is the first in a series looking at how we can geolocate images as part of OSINT work. Being able to examine a picture and work out when and where it was taken is an increasingly important skill to have. You could be a journalist trying to document human rights abuses, or helping law enforcement trace victims of child abuse. Whatever … Continue reading Ten Minute Tip: Image Geolocation – Part 1

What to do when a Facebook profile is private?

This blogpost is made after a 10minute video I made for the virtual conference OSMOSIS 2020 and was inspired @hatless1der blogpost. Probably every OSINT investigator has encountered this problem; you’ve found your targets Facebook profile but it is completely private. So what can you do? Clicking the buttons One of the ways to start is by ‘clicking the buttons’. On a Facebook-profile there are quite … Continue reading What to do when a Facebook profile is private?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Zillow + State/County Property Assessor Data

Guest blog by Sarah Womer Have you ever looked at a residential property in the USA and wondered who owns it versus who lives there? Zillow provides a helpful user interface to find that out. In addition, the tool can sometimes provide information on whether the property is up to date on its property taxes, what the owner’s current mailing address is, where they may … Continue reading Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Zillow + State/County Property Assessor Data

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When there is no Google Earth or Street View, what can you do?

When doing investigations in countries other than the one you reside in, it can be helpful to have social media to give you a view of what a certain place can look like. Although we can rely on tools like Google Earth, Bing’s Birds Eye View, Sentinel Hub and others to give us satellite imagery or street view, you can run into locations where there … Continue reading When there is no Google Earth or Street View, what can you do?

Introduction to Researching Foreign Influence in the US

Guest blog by Amine G. As an OSINT professional, researching US-based entities (individual and otherwise) is both a curse and a blessing. It is a curse because the US public records landscape is undoubtedly one of the most fragmented given that rules governing their disclosure are hyper-localized — varying from State to State and County to County. A blessing because if an entity – short … Continue reading Introduction to Researching Foreign Influence in the US

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Facebook: Classic vs New – Which is Better for OSINT?

As you might have noticed, Facebook is changing its design. Where some of us have the possibility to switch between the old and new layout, some of us are in the ‘New’ and have no option to switch back anymore. From September 2020, Facebook will only show you the New design. So for the couple of days left; which design is better for OSINT investigations? … Continue reading Facebook: Classic vs New – Which is Better for OSINT?

Creating Research Accounts for OSINT Investigations

You want to do OSINT but need to create some research accounts, also known as sock puppets? Some platforms allow only limited viewable data unless you are logged in. Choose the right platform We all know the most popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. But sometimes you are investigating targets from other countries. In this case, use alexa.com/topsites/countries to identify what platforms different countries use for … Continue reading Creating Research Accounts for OSINT Investigations