18 Nov 2022

AI and open-source intelligence can mitigate ransomware and cryptocurrency risks

The Second International Counter Ransomware Initiative (CRI) Summit held recently at the White House turned the spotlight on the need to counter cybercriminal and other threat actors’ efforts to use the cryptocurrency ecosystem to garner payments and mask illicit activity. Now more than ever, financial investigators need to use open-source intelligence

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19 Apr 2022

Open-Source Intelligence Resources: UN-SPIDER, Carbon Mapper, and MapAction

Leverage these open source tools to provide your organization with the best in class information to inform business strategy, operations, and risk awareness levels around the world. Firms that understand the strengths and weaknesses of their own Cognitive Infrastructure will have an advantage over those that do not attend to this crucial function within an organization.

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08 Mar 2022

Open-Source Intelligence Resources: Bellingcat and the Russia-Ukraine Monitor Map

Bellingcat (an innovative open-source investigative journalism network and business model) has been in our research arsenal for a while  – ripe for a post to introduce our readers to their tools, investigations, and innovative approach to networked journalism. 

The war in Europe has now put Bellingcat in the spotlight, based on the growing popularity of their crowdsourced mapping and monitoring efforts.

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15 Nov 2019

Capture the Flag Competition Aims to Trace Missing Persons

Next month, SANS Institute and Trace Labs will host an Open-Source Intelligence (OISINT) Missing Persons Capture the Flag in Washington, D.C., in which professionals will compete to find leads in real missings persons cases. Participants will gather intelligence from available data on government records, the dark web, social media, and

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14 Feb 2019

Bellingcat OSINT Investigation: An Analysis of Nicaragua’s “Volunteer Police” Paramilitary Arsenal

Open-Source Intelligence Forum Bellingcat has published a report on Nicaragua’s use of paramilitary organizations to quell the country’s protests in 2018, prompting renewed criticism against the uses by NGOs. These open-source data points support widespread reporting from sources formerly within the country’s law enforcement agencies that the paramilitary groups were

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13 Feb 2019

New BBC investigation examines Sudan’s secret hit squads targeting politial dissidents

Did you see the groundbreaking BBC OSINT investigation this past summer on an earlier atrocity in Cameroon? The same research group has just released a new investigation on Sudan’s secret hit squads used by the government security forces to violently repress protests and arrest specific dissidents for detention and torture. Many

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11 Dec 2018

Blurry satellite photos of military bases reveal more than they hide

“Open-source researchers often use satellite images, especially across multiple providers, to uncover information that is otherwise difficult to obtain. In November 2017, the World Bank released an analysis of satellite footage of ISIS-held territory to reveal that the statelet was struggling to produce oil. In September 2018, open-source investigation house

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09 Oct 2018

Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect Identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin

OSINT organization and forum Bellingcat has released its report on the identity of the second Skripals poisoning suspect. “In the preceding report from the current investigation into the two suspects in the Skripals poisoning case, Bellingcat and its reporting partner the Insider disclosed the identity of one of the two

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