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Crypto Scam Investigation: Using Spiderfoot HX For OSINT Automation

Automation or Augmentation?   Automation is an increasingly important part of OSINT. Even the simplest of investigations can require large amounts of different data types to be gathered and analysed quickly. Yet it is not accurate to suggest that all OSINT work is going to be automated as time progresses. Good OSINT practitioners will do …

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Getting Started With Spiderfoot – A Beginner’s Guide

Spiderfoot is one of my favourite OSINT gathering tools. It automates a huge number of queries that would take a long time to do manually. It comes with a wide range of modules that will conduct automated searches for e-mail addresses, IP addresses, domains, phone numbers, usernames, and other types of data. This post will …

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Website Investigation – Where Did 8Chan Move To?

After the El Paso shooting this past weekend, it quickly emerged that the shooter had apparently posted his manifesto on 8Chan prior to carrying out the killings. As a result Cloudflare announced that they would no longer permit 8Chan to use their services. Without Cloudflare’s protection, 8Chan is highly vulnerable to DDOS attacks and so …

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Instagram OSINT – A Promising New Python Tool

I came across a new Instragram scraping tool InstagramOSINT after DutchOsintGuy and Hwosint pointed it out on Twitter. I’ve stopped using InstaLooter since it kept causing dependency issues, and I started using InstaScraper as a photo grabbing tool. InstagramOSINT is more than a photo-scraping tool. It’s very new but it gets additional information via the …

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Website Attribution Without WhoIs – Reverse IP Lookups (Part 2)

In my last post on Reverse IP Lookups I wrote about the challenges OSINT investigators face when it comes to attributing a website to someone. Reverse IP lookups show which other domains are hosted at the same IP address, which is often (but not always) an indicator of what other websites your subject controls. This …

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