Tag Archives: Social Media

The Advantages of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

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 the 1980s by the U.S. military that was looking for a method to remain up […]

Risk Monitoring: Twitter & 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 […]

Risk Monitoring: Instagram & 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 […]

Risk Monitoring: Facebook & 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 […]

Info Exposed: Social Media–The Enemy in Your Home?

By Cynthia Hetherington Data, at its most annoying, is a commodity with social media sites selling your Likes to data providers. Data, at its most dangerous, allows terrorists and scammers—as near as your neighbor or from faraway lands—to farm from open sources the personal addresses of our military personnel to threaten them and their families. […]

Info Exposed: Identity Theft

By Cynthia Hetherington Data, at its most annoying, is a commodity with social media sites selling your Likes to data providers. Data, at its most dangerous, allows terrorists and scammers—as near as your neighbor or from faraway lands—to farm from open sources the personal addresses of our military personnel to threaten them and their families. […]

TikTok & Privacy: It’s Not Just About Mewing Kittens

By Trevor Morgan Designed for short video clips of content, TikTok is a new form of social media consumption that has taken the world by storm. This quickly growing China-based app has been at the forefront of smart-phone entertainment as of late, specifically during quarantine. If you’re a regular Hg follower on social media, you’re […]

Understanding OSINT Framework

By Trevor Morgan Investigators and analysts are challenged daily with establishing those points and connecting those dots. In fact, this activity transcends all of the investigative fields, regardless if you are a federal agent, private investigator, intelligence analyst, or business researcher. Details of your report will almost always include the subject’s connections to the rest […]

Thursday Quick-hit Podcast: Chris Poulter

Introducing OSMOSIS Speaker Chris Poulter Get a sneak peak at the upcoming OSMOSIScon Globalcast session with Chris Poulter, whose expansive career has delivered OSINT training to multi-national teams that service strategic, operational, and tactical objectives. This week, Chris sits down with PI Perspectives’ podcast host Matthew Spaier to discuss his upcoming conference session, Using Social […]

How to Track down Images & People with OSINT Tools

As OSINT investigators, we need to be aware of the hundreds of social media platforms connecting millions of users daily. Some platforms, such as Facebook, require a real-life person to be associated with a personal account. Others, such as Instagram and Twitter, can be created in minutes, and a user can hide behind a made-up handle like […]