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

Vicarious trauma and OSINT – a practical guide

To be clear, online OSINT investigations can cause trauma, severe trauma. This is something that people rarely talk about and it’s highly underestimated by many.  Let’s face it a lot of OSINT analysts, online investigators, and investigative journalists expose themselves a lot to all the horrors this world has to offer. War, child abuse, and terrorism are just a few subjects. Each of these subjects … Continue reading Vicarious trauma and OSINT – a practical guide

Guide to Harnessing the Power of 360 Virtual Tours for Everyday Investigations.

Guest blog by OsintDunny 360 virtual tours have been utilized by businesses, insurance companies, general contractors, and real estate agents for the past few years as a tool to capture the current state of a property. The emergence of COVID-19 has only increased the use of these 360 virtual tours. The current industry leader for software solutions regarding 360 virtual tours is the California based … Continue reading Guide to Harnessing the Power of 360 Virtual Tours for Everyday Investigations.

Data Scraping and Visualizing using Instant Data Scraper, ViewDNS.info, and Maltego

Micah Hoffman (WebBreacher), The OSINT Curious Project President, shows how to use a combination of Google Chrome and Instant Data Scraper to extract HTML table data from the ViewDNS.info web site. Then, once that is saved in a CSV on the local system, Micah demonstrates how to import the CSV into Maltego’s Casefile product to visualize and analyze the OSINT data. Continue reading Data Scraping and Visualizing using Instant Data Scraper, ViewDNS.info, and Maltego

Using Snapchat For OSINT – 10 Minute Tip

Snapchat is a very popular social media app but it has often proved to be a little difficult to use as an OSINT resource but its Snapchat Map and Snapchat Story features offer a lot of OSINT potential. This 10 minute tip shows how to get the most from these two parts of the platform: Snapchat Map Snapchat Map allows users to upload geolocated content … Continue reading Using Snapchat For OSINT – 10 Minute Tip

Tips and Tricks on Reverse Image Searches

There are many cases in which you might want to find the origin of a picture or location it was taken at. Whether the target of your investigations posts images on social media or you are just participating in the Quiztime quizzes on Twitter, a good understanding of how search engines can help you locate the exact position of these images or guide you to … Continue reading Tips and Tricks on Reverse Image Searches

Corporate Reconnaissance

As an Open-source Intelligence professional you will undoubtedly be tasked with performing corporate reconnaissance at some point in your career. Corporate reconnaissance consists of investigating critical things such as contracts, financials, history, subsidiaries, organizational structure, governmental regulations, and third-party vendors. There are copious reasons an organization may request this kind of analysis be done on a competing company. However, more often than not the request … Continue reading Corporate Reconnaissance