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Signs You’re Following A Fake Twitter Account…

The challenge of dealing with fake accounts that spread disinformation is probably one of the greatest challenges facing the large social media companies. Most methods used to detect fake Twitter accounts (like the excellent Botometer) assume that they are working at scale and are automated, and for large bot operations this is almost always the …

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Digital Shadows: Seeking Sector035 – Quiztime 26th September 2019

How could you use open source information to trace a fugitive or a missing person? For this post I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see what information it would be possible to gather from Sector035’s recent Quiztime challenge. On the surface it was quite a straightforward photo geolocation question, but there is …

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The Attrition of Information in OSINT: Why Acting Quickly Matters, And How To Recover When You Don’t.

Speed is a critical factor in investigations of any kind. The longer information is left or ignored, the more likely it is to become obscured, contaminated, or disappear altogether. This is true of any kind of information, whether it be an eyewitness, a server log, a tweet, a fingerprint, or anything else that an investigator …

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Grabbing Videos For OSINT – How To Use YouTube-DL

Capturing and preserving media content is an essential part of most OSINT investigations. There are a number of tools available to do this, but my favourite my far is YouTube-dl. Despite it’s name, YouTube-dl is capable of grabbing videos quickly from a range of different websites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LiveLeak, and many others. It’s …

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