How 12 Popular Apps Use Your Teen’s Info

Teens using popular social apps

by Matthew Golabek & Trevor Morgan From calorie counters to food delivery services to secret and deceptive “vaults” to hide info from parents, millions of humans are tethered to smartphones as if they were their only lifeline. With the convenience, however, comes potential risks for the user. IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2019 identified the […]

Risk Monitoring: Reddit & Predictive Intelligence

by Matthew Golabek Today’s world has people afraid, angry, and traumatized by both COVID-19 and global events. It makes our jobs as investigators difficult. Fear of offending someone or being characterized as falsely reporting something has started to affect security—in and out of uniform. If a protest group is terrorizing the neighborhood or burning down […]

Part 2: Simple Searches & a Keen Eye = Valued Results.

By Cynthia Hetherington This past year I had the privilege to address The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators on the topic of online and cyber investigation applications. CBV is intensely interested in work efficiency, excellent content, and the resources that can support those endeavors. Our session was a great success and was included in the CBV […]

Part 1: Exposing Fraudsters & Schemers

By Cynthia Hetherington This past year I had the privilege to address The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators on the topic of online and cyber investigation applications. CBV is intensely interested in work efficiency, excellent content, and the resources that can support those endeavors. Our session was a great success and was included in the CBV […]

Timely Tips for the OSINT Pro

By Hetherington Group The ability to uncover information on the internet is the primary skill of an online investigator. There are hundreds of thousands of surface, deep, and dark websites, but which are most pertinent to your unique case? Do you know how to utilize Google to its full potential? With new social media platforms […]

Killer Spittle: How DNA Testing Puts You at Risk

 By Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE Online DNA and genealogy databases are multi-billion dollar industries offering a glimpse into one’s ancestry and heritage. GEDmatch, for example, provides search capabilities for ancestry, lost family members, and cold cases. It’s little wonder that armchair detectives eagerly attempt to solve crimes with open source DNA. GEDmatch is owned […]

The Fraud Files: What is Fraud on the Darknet?

DarkOwl is a 2021 OSMOSIScon sponsor. To learn more about DarkOwl, visit https://www.darkowl.com/. Due to the vast number of scams and scam-attempts that most of us encounter on a daily basis, today’s society has largely become desensitized to fraud as we understand it on the internet. However, very few understand how this criminal economy thrives […]

Online Social Media Primer, 300 minutes, 5 CEUs

* Complimentary to OSMOSIScon 2021 attendees How well are you incorporating social media into your cyber investigations? No worries—we all start somewhere! This online social media primer details the treasure trove of riches social media offers to an open source investigator. With just a few mouse clicks away, leads can be discovered, facts challenged, and […]

Open Source Intelligence—Start to Finish, an OSMOSIS Primer Webinar Series, 360 minutes, 6 CEUs

* Complimentary to OSMOSIScon 2021 attendees Designed as an online investigations’ primer, this series provides the basics of open source intelligence gathering to those entering the field. With three days of content, the field investigator will complete the 360 minutes of training with the tools needed to conduct open source intelligence investigations. What to Expect: […]

The Advantages of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Cobwebs Technologies is a 2021 OSMOSIScon sponsor. To learn more about Cobwebs Technologies, visit https://cobwebs.com/. Open-source intelligence, or OSINT, is a term used to refer to any information which may be freely gathered from public sources; generally it refers to information that can be found on the internet. The term first came into use during […]