Week in OSINT #2023-43

Another little update, with topics like: Twitter and Telegram, Shodan and ships!

After some really busy weeks, some quiet time is lurking around the corner. And to be honest, it might be that I am even going to skip one of the upcoming episodes, to keep my sanity in check, haha! For now, I did manage to scrape together some interesting topics though. And I can't wait to see what else is out there. Because, no matter how busy I am, I do want to keep on learning from everyone out there! And these are some things I've learned in the past week:

  • Twitter Audio Calls
  • Vessel Information
  • Telerecon
  • Twitter Replacement?
  • Shodan Guide

Tip: Twitter Audio Calls

On October 25, X published a new page on their 'Help Center' about how iOS users are now able to use the new audio and video call feature. Sadly enough, not everybody was being notified that this was turned on, Rachel Tobac [ ] found out. For multiple reasons, you wouldn't want people to 'call' you out of the blue over Twitter! So to turn this setting off, or change it to a more closed setting, follow the steps she provides.

Turning off audio and video calls for X
Turning off audio and video calls for X

Link to thread: https://twitter.com/RachelTobac/...

Links: Vessel Information

Gonzo [ ] posted a comprehensive list with sources, in case you need information on ships or vessels. The list has sites I've never heard of, like shiplocation.com that shows both MarineTraffic and VesselFinder in so called 'iFrames'. Lots of links to explore, most of them at least showing some basic information, and some are completely free to use. Depending on your need, there is probably a link within that should suit you. Thanks Gonzo, for sharing this list!

MarineTraffic and VesselFinder in one screen!
MarineTraffic and VesselFinder in one screen!

Link to thread: https://twitter.com/GONZOs_int/...

Tool: Telerecon

This Python tool by sockysec [] is somewhat similar to something I've started working on a few years ago, and seeing this will save me loads of time! This script enables you to not only scrape collections of messages a collection of groups or channels, but also has some really nice analysis options. It is possible to get insights into the relationships and interactions, locations mentioned, names, and even the posting patterns. I have not had the time to fully test this script, or go over the source code, but this is a tool that really had to be mentioned this week!

Telerecon, for insights into Telegram users
Telerecon, for insights into Telegram users

Link: https://github.com/sockysec/Telerecon

Tip: Twitter Replacement?

From the one who brought you the 'Old Tweetdeck', the developer dimden [], there will be a new social media platform soon, and it is called 'Whispy'. Not sure when it will be launched, but looking at the feature list, and the familiar layout of the old Twitter, it might be that a lot of people might be checking that out. That also means that in a bit of time, we will have another platform we need to dive into, and need to learn how to navigate.

A clean interface for Whispy
A clean interface for Whispy

Link: https://whispy.org

Updates: https://twitter.com/whispy

Tutorial: Shodan Guide

This is not the first time I post an article about Shodan, and even though it might not be my favourite internet scanner, it surely is one of the most well known ones! Tomer Klein [ ] wrote an article over on Medium, and explains all the different search options there are. So if you are new to Shodan, or need a reference sheet with search filters, then do check this out!

Looking for exposed ports with Shodan
Looking for exposed ports with Shodan

Link: https://link.medium.com/6WYFN90mjEb

FUNINT: This Week's Meme

You know it's true...

Have a good week and have a good search!

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