Slowly I’m getting the hang of working at home, but I think I’d rather just go to the office to work with my awesome colleagues. I’m a people person, and I like being surrounded by other geeks, nerds, or people in general that I can learn from. But, we’ll hang in there and I’ll just keep on covering the news about OSINT related topics. Speaking of that, this week I’m covering the following topics for you:
Josh Huff held a talk at the SANS Open Source Intelligence Summit earlier this year, and it is published now for our viewing pleasure. He talks about his favourite tools to monitor live events.
Dutch OsintGuy shared a tweet by Armin Sebastian, when he told the Twitterverse that he updated his reverse image search add-on for Firefox. This is one of my favourite tools already, but it just got even better! It now has the option to search for brands, trademarked logos or symbols with a single click of your mouse. Just make sure you update your add-on and open the options to find the new sites.
Twitter user bearhunt11 wrote another article about QGIS, one of the best open source applications if you are into Geographic Information System (GIS). This time he uses a Python scraper to retrieve information from a website and visualise it within QGIS. His Medium blog is an absolute must if you want to know more about automating or visualising location with Overpass Turbo or QGIS!
Facebook is slowly rolling out the new look for the Facebook profiles and groups. It has been said before that there are a few things that are changing, so we’re trying to keep an eye out for more information like this article. The searches via the graph engine still seem to work, it’s just that the look and feel of a page is changing, and with that also some filters and pieces of information.
Last week Micah Moffman let us know that Chris Poulter created a web front-end for Micah’s tool WhatsMyName. The tool WhatsMyName is one of many username search engines, but it works slightly different than others, because it actually looks at the content of the website after opening a profile, instead of simply checking error messages returned to the clients like most tools do. It was already one of my favourite tools, due to the extremely low amount of false positives, and it just got better!
Eliot Higgins shared a link to an interactive map that hosts all of the London traffic cameras. Besides a map that shows you a live feed of each and every camera out there, they also have a list of all cameras with the exact location and an archive, going back to 30 days. If you didn’t know yet what to do during the ‘lockdown’, this might give you some hours of fun at least!
No worries, because one of my favourite Twitter peeps Aware Online has created his first OSINT quiz. This quiz is all about safety and OpSec while diving into other people’s profiles. Do you know what your browser is leaking? Do you know when you leave a trace? Check out the quiz, and find out!
Do you want to feel like REAL Explorer and Mystery Solver? Experience the mind-bending Alternate reality game (ARG) that blends the fictional world with reality with detective style finest mystery puzzles, riddles, codes, and cryptograms.
That quote comes from the store where you can download this game. I’ve played the whole first mission and I really loved the idea of this game. You do actually have to Google for information, or break codes. A bit of sleuthing, a bit of OSINT, a bit of gaming, all in one. Thanks for the tip Tilman!
Android Playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hybriona.projectvoid
Micah Hoffman has been in self quarantine way too long I think, because he even started talking to himself. Not just that, he even recorded it! Open the videos, give it a practice run and (ab)use it whenever you need it.
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3m3kuZw-TPMnMJNYkzyoDMTgFRuGmTKq
Have a good week and have a good search!