Week in OSINT #2020-12

A short news section, followed by a new section in this weekly news letter.

Hello readers, welcome to the Monday! I didn’t have a lot of time finding loads of new resources, most of it due to the fact I had some issues getting into a new routine by working from home. But the routine is here and I’m already keeping an eye out for new items! But first, let’s have a look at last week’s links:

  • Newspapers
  • Facial Recognition
  • OSINT Around the World
  • Geolocation and Newsmedia
  • CrowdTangle
  • Corona Section

Links: Newspapers

Stefanie Proto has been sharing some links again last week. Her first tweet was about newspapers from all over the world. Especially handy nowadays with the global crisis we’re facing. Too bad though that most of the sites in this list don’t offer HTTPS, so make sure you don’t use any search for any sensitive topics while using a public Wi-Fi. Then again, you should use a VPN connection in that case anyway, or at least run HTTPS everywhere to make sure your connection is always encrypted!

Link: http://en.newsconc.com/
Link: https://allnewspapers.info/
Link: https://www.newspapers-list.com/
Link: https://www.refdesk.com/paper.html
Link: http://headlinespot.com/
Link: http://redozone.addr.com/news.html

Media: Facial Recognition

Aric Toler has created a tutorial where he dives into reverse facial recognition techniques. He shows you how to use Find Clone and Yandex and takes you through the steps involved to confirm findings.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awY87q2Mr0E

Media: OSINT Around the World

MwOsint was hosting an online presentation for Penn State University some time ago and last week they posted it online. He talks about the different platforms and languages used in the world, takes you along search engines, shows you some tricky captcha’s and give some hints and tips on corporate information.

Das hat weder Hand noch Fuß…
Das hat weder Hand noch Fuß…

Link: https://youtu.be/o6VQ6HdffCs

Article: Geolocation and Newsmedia

Twitter user Bearhunt11 has written another awesome article, on how he used a minimal amount of information to find the location of a specific house within the Netherlands. Despite the fact that the people involved tried to stay anonymous, it was seemingly easy to find the exact location. Well worth the read 👍

Bearhunt11 mind-mapping the investigation
Bearhunt11 mind-mapping the investigation

Link: https://medium.com/@bearhunt38/geoprivacy-and-news-media-bc83b53dd818

Site: CrowdTangle

Brandon Silverman from CrowdTangle shared their new public platforms to track down the social media posts about the Covid-19 or Corona virus. So keep up to date with live feeds on a global scale (good luck keeping track!) or by selecting your country to keep up to date with the local posts.

Watching news and social media posts live via CrowdTangle
Watching news and social media posts live via CrowdTangle

Link: https://apps.crowdtangle.com/public-hub/covid19

I decided to add a new section to my newsletter where I can share things you can do while we are still in the grip of the pandemic. Whether you still have to work and look for some distractions, or you have some extra time to read, study or even watch a movie, it can all be in here. So let’s start by re-sharing one of my own blogs from December last year.

| OSINT Movie Time

Want to take some time to see some OSINT based movies? Why not check out one of these movies and series on Netflix!

Link: https://medium.com/@sector035/osint-movie-time-for-the-holidays-7a5f74f18f44

| Corona Fake News Hackathon

Loránd Bodó decided to spend some time to fight the vast amount of disinformation and fake news about Corona/Covid-19. If you want to help out spread the word, please make sure to request access to his Slack channel!

Link: https://twitter.com/LorandBodo/status/1241386761575714816

| Film Festival

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has opened up 200 documentaries for the public, free to watch. So whether you are looking to kill some time, or want to get some more insight in specific topics, just head over there! Via: Malachy Browne

Link: https://www.idfa.nl/en/

| Quizzes

Nixintel shared a few nice links to keep you busy during these weeks. Want to test your OSINT or geolocation skills? Why not have a look at one of these online platforms!

Link: https://ctf.cybersoc.wales/
Link: https://www.sourcing.games/
Link: https://www.geoguessr.com/

Have a good week and have a good search!

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