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OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

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OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

Post Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:52 pm

Since I sometimes spend hours a day doing online "IT and IT Security related" research, I was trying to find better and quick ways of locating online answers. To specific IT questions.

I had not heard of OSINT until just a few months back.
At that time I was reading a newsletter that mentioned an OSINT course by Toddington International called, "Using the Internet as an Investigative Research Tool" at toddington

Upon researching the term OSINT a bit more, I came across another OSINT training course by Frank Bazzell at IntelTechniques

When I logged into Forensicfocus this past week I noticed the OISINT link to OSINTInsight
OSINTinsight


I was leaning toward the Toddington "Distance learning" course at first.
Its cost is $750.

I am not sure how much the Frank Bazzell "Live training" is but he offers an online version of the course for either: $399 first month + $99/month thereafter (for as long as you want to remain) or $999 for a year.

There is the DIY site at Onstrat

Then there is the INFO site everyone has no doubt heard of, Lexis Nexis, who offers OSINT training. (though I don't know if it is true "open source" or if they are just trying to teach you to use their subscription based data sources).

I'd like to hear from anyone that actually uses OSINT related search tools and/or search websites, to track down people, places and/or things.
Which sources or places were good, which ones to avoid, etc.  

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:25 pm

jaginvestigations.com/

www.hetheringtongroup....bout.shtml

www.facebook.com/Pless...rtsNetwork
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Re: OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

Post Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:14 pm

hcso1510,

The 2nd link you listed (heatherington group) was where I had heard about the Toddington International course from.
Apparently you can take it through the Toddington folks or through the Smarteracademy.com.
(seems to be the same course).

Have you taken any of the training through the sources you mentioned?

If so, how was it?  

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:10 pm

The jag investigations class was great. It was a two day and very informative. Michele is high energy, animated and will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more and more information.
I've not had the opportunity to see anything from the heatheringtongroup.
I had the opportunity to attend a two hour class by Kirby Plessas. She is extremely intelligent, but not as high energy as Michele. In the class I sat through It seemed to be geared towards information gathering where Michele's class was more geared towards tracking individuals via social media. I'm sure Kirby could modify her class to tracking as well.
You may want to check out i-sight.com. Navigate through it and they have a webinar section. Occasionally they have some good stuff related to online investigations. You can get on a mailer and take advantage of the ones that interest you.
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Re: OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

Post Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:19 pm

hcso1510,

Thank you for the insight you provided.  

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Re: OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

Post Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:46 am

I (and some of my team) undertook an advanced OSINT course run by Nick Furneaux (https://twitter.com/nickfx) from csitech.co.uk. It was excellent, but is evolving all of the time, as is OSINT.

Give him a shout - He is really rather good! He's a top bloke as well.

Another option might be via fleetforensics @ gmx.com / www.csitech.co.uk/wp-c..._2.odt.pdf

Ray Massie who runs the course is also a good guy. Google him and you'll get a feel for his experience.

We use it to great effect in Private Prosecutions.  

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Re: OSINT - are there any gurus in the house?

Post Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:49 am

I haven't done the Toddington course, but I know a few people who have and it is an excellent grounding in the use of OSINT. Their newsletter has some great news/information for new tools and technologies.

OSINT training is still getting off the ground - most LE will have some form of formal or informal training based around their legal framework, only going externally for those using it on a regular basis.

A lot of OSINT users have picked it up as they go along - new tools tend to get shared at conferences and practicioners' meetings.

There's a few websites out there with lists of tools - for example, www.uk-osint.net/ and rr.reuser.biz/ have huge libraries of Open Source research tools, sites and resources. I would also recommend www.paterva.com/web6/p...altego.php as a great tool for establishing relationships between people, websites, etc. It can be used for free.

One thing to remember is the OSINT training is generally quite localised (despite the global reach of the internet) - this is because many tools are specific to one country, e.g. www.spokeo.com/ is a fantastic person finding tool for the US, but doesn't cover the UK.
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