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OSINT in a Metaverse

The term Metaverse, a collection of immersive 3D worlds with a social element, is constantly in the news, especially now that Meta is also building their own one. Years ago it started with Second Life, but with the popularity of VR headsets, and more computer power, these environments are slowly taking off. Recently I have looked around in the metaverse of Spatial and had to … Continue reading OSINT in a Metaverse

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Location of an IP Address

The topic of finding the location of an IP address has been addressed multiple times in blog posts, Twitter threads and even in one of our webcasts. In this post we’ll talk about IP addresses, what dangers there are when trying to tie them to a location, and what are proper ways to determine a geographic area. Because tying a real world location to an … Continue reading Location of an IP Address

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Guest blog post by Aleksander (@aleksanderrr_) and Intel Inquirer (@intel_inquirer) STRAVA is one of the worlds’ most popular social media platforms, used by more than 50 million people to monitor and share their cycling/running exercises. Since the platform’s initial launch in 2009, it has recorded more than 4 billion activity uploads and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new users have soared as people … Continue reading You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

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Dressed NOT for Success

Guest blog by PaulSin95038741 Below follows an OSINT approach on how to search/identify clothes that you see online. Spoiler alert. This presentation will be different in that we will not find a clear-cut solution as opposed to many OSINT-articles presented by the OSINT Curious team. Never the less, in my opinion, a very important one. Background I’d say that most of us OSINT-people are very … Continue reading Dressed NOT for Success

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7 Foundations of OSINT

This is a guest blog written by Bosintblanc of the NCPTF. Open-source intelligence is a fascinating discipline with many intricate moving pieces. I have strived to learn all that I can. As I have done that I realized that part of what makes OSINT difficult to teach and learn is that it is made up of many individually complex topics which one could devote an … Continue reading 7 Foundations of OSINT

Getting your sock puppet connections on LinkedIn

Guest blog by Michael Paulie. Throughout investigations, working ongoing missing persons cases with organizations like Trace Labs, or having fun with CTFs, LinkedIn can be a valuable source of information on people of interest.  Information including email addresses, phone numbers, work locations and friends, family, and colleagues are just some of the data that can be obtained to pivot off of.  However, unless you have … Continue reading Getting your sock puppet connections on LinkedIn

Discord OSINT

Investigating Discord: A Primer

Guest blog by BOsintBlanc. Discord for the uninitiated is a group chat service in the vein of Telegram, Whatsapp, or IRC (if you’re that old ;-P). Channels are set up as ‘servers’ usually based around a shared topic of interest. As of 2020 Discord had over 300 million registered users (source) and that number does not appear to be dwindling any time soon. What does … Continue reading Investigating Discord: A Primer

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)

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