What is Telegram? And Why Should You Care?

Josh RichardsOSINT, security

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Telegram is an instant messaging, voice, and video messaging service, often compared to Whatsapp. Since its inception in 2013, it has been made available on a wide range of operating systems such as IOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Telegram prides itself on its focus on security and speed. Although not immune to its share of security related controversy, it is widely … Read More

Data Discovery for Threat Intelligence

Paula HingleyOSINT, security

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It is estimated that 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years alone. What that means for businesses is that they may be significantly more vulnerable to information breaches than ever before. Every new employee brings new risks to a company. As they grow, organizations become more susceptible to phishing scams or other information related … Read More

What is Discord? And Why Should You Care?

Paula HingleyGeneral, OSINT

Discord is a voiceover IP and messaging program, particularly used by members of the popular game streaming platform, Twitch. Discord’s user interface looks like a cross between Skype and Slack. It’s completely free to use, and is available as a web, mobile, and desktop application. Within Discord, users can create their own servers and host private, password protected, or public … Read More

How To Build a Complete OSINT Strategy in 5 Steps

Paula HingleyOSINT

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Ten years ago, open source information was scarce. Finding information about companies and people was primarily done with a phone book. It’s no secret that this has changed dramatically since the dawn of the smartphone.In recent years, open source intelligence (OSINT) is has taken on a whole new meaning. People of all ages and demographics have become very comfortable with … Read More

Why The Best OSINT Tools Use Geofencing Technology

Karl SwannieOSINT

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Open-source intelligence (OSINT) isn’t new. Professionals in the intelligence industry have been leveraging open-source data such as search engines, social media, and other public platforms for years. However, the technology that OSINT tools are using to gather data is changing, and quickly. The newest technology? Geofencing. Why your OSINT tool should have geofencing capabilities You’re probably already using social media … Read More

8 Ways you Should be Using your Competitive Intelligence Software

Paula HingleyBrand Protection, OSINT

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What is Competitive Intelligence? Competitive intelligence is loosely defined as the process of gathering actionable information on your business’s competitive environment. If you run a business, or any aspect of a business, you are probably well aware that a business’s competitive environment is a vast and often unruly place. Therefore, the ‘process’ mentioned above can encompass many things. Essentially, competitive intelligence … Read More

5 Industries that Are Using Twitter Monitoring Tools to Get Ahead

Paula HingleyAsset Monitoring, Brand Protection, OSINT

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“I don’t believe in social media.” It’s a phrase we hear fairly often when we’re showing our platform at events across many industries. The pervasiveness of social media in recent years has left many people disdained and disgruntled. Whether or not you ‘like’ social media, you’re living under a behemoth rock if you still don’t ‘believe’ in it. It’s so … Read More

What is VK and Why Should You Care?

Kira KirkGeneral, OSINT

VKontakte (VK) is ranked second globally for social networks, so why haven’t you heard of it? [Tweet this] If you ask Google ‘What is VK?’ very little comes up. The search results contain articles that often give conflicting information. Most of the links that return are out of date. To understand what VK is all about, we have to dig a bit … Read More

Building BC Firemap Plus: Mapping Wildfires using Open Data

Neil JohnstonOSINT

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Mapping Wildfires – British Columbia 2017 I’ve run head first into the internet connectivity divide; my parents, located north of Williams Lake near Soda Creek have been put under Evacuation Order – they do not have internet.  I, surrounded by connectivity, have discovered an evacuation order for their area at 8:00PM – it had been posted online at 2:09PM.  My … Read More