I've been going over some websites, while preparing a workshop, and found out that the online world of building databases have changed. Just like social media, once in a while sites disappear, or re-emerge under a different brand or URL. So it was time to have a look at that, and I also decided to add some personal tips in this episode too. If you have any tips or tricks, do let me know!
Back in episode 2022-04 I talked about the OpenFacto report on InfoRos. Last week, they presented another report, with even more findings. After the first report InfoRos went silent for a bit, but after some time they resumed operation as usual. A very interesting report, with some interesting findings and a good look on how information plays an important role in geopolitics.
Brecht Castel shared a nifty little tool last week. It is a Chrome extension that enables you to quickly sort all videos within a TikTok profile by popularity. This enables you to quickly focus on the most popular videos first. It works like a charm, and a single click loads and sorts videos within a few seconds, depending on the size of the account. Thank you for sharing this little gem, Brecht!
Link: Chrome extension
Over on the TOCP Discord server user ᴋᵒᵍᵃᵐⁱ shared a video he published, where he talks about creating sock puppets. He gives some tips on how to circumvent text verification, by using online services. He also quickly touches on how to fill a social media profile. Of course there is a lot more to building sock puppets than what is featured in this video, but this can be of help for people that have hardly any experience with it.
With Telegram desktop it is possible to export chat messages of groups you are a member of, and even public groups without joining them. After exporting the chat messages it is possible to create a list of names via different ways. If you are using macOS or Linux, the easiest way is to go to your download folder, and use the command line to create a list of unique usernames, like this:
cat messages* | grep -A1 "from_name" | cut -f1 -d "<" | sort -u > members.txt
This will do the following:
catwill read through the filenames starting with 'messages'
grep -A1will retrieve the line that contains
cut -f1 -fwill cut off text after
<to remove the date it was posted
sort -uwill sort the names, and keep unique names only
> members.txtwill save the list of names to the file
This will not give you the account names, of Telegram IDs, only the display names. To retrieve those, other techniques have to be used, where the information is pulled from the Telegram APIs.
In September 2022 some things have changed in the world of building databases. Emporis was taken offline, and Phorio relaunched as SKYDB, and went into beta in November 2022. SKYDB still has a few issues, for instance it doesn't display the exact city when there are multiple hits.
But SKYDB isn't the only website out there with information on buildings. Here is a list of websites with building information, like height, amount of floors, location and more:
* Redirects to Skyscrapercenter.com when searching the database
This tip is well known for years already within the OSINT community, but a lot of people are just starting in this field of work. So I thought it was a good idea to share this.
When diving into Wordpress blogs, it is sometimes possible to retrieve some information on users via the API, if this is enabled. To have a look at a list of users, it is enough to change the URL to the following:
This will return a JSON dump of everyone that has an account on the particular site, and might reveal some more interesting information.
The following API 'endpoints' might be worth checking out (replace the
users part in the example above):
|comments||All published comments|
|media||All media within the blog|
|pages||Information with static pages|
|posts||All blog posts that are published|
|users||List of 'authors'|
If there are too many results, then feel free to add some pagination, by adding the
Back in September 2022 I tweeted a link mentioning the Tumblr of mooncalfe1. Showing an image of a TV show, she asked: Who is this? And through the power of the internet, and people with some awesome memories, it was finally found last year too. It took more than 6 years, but it shows: Perseverance is key
Have a good week and have a good search!