Recorded March 2, 2020
There is a rapid evolution in the technologies people use to communicate and
share material with each other, in the companies providing the sharing
platforms, and in how people choose to communicate with each other. People are
increasingly choosing to communicate using text, images, and videos rather than
traditional electronic voice communications. And, they increasingly choose to
use platforms that make this communication openly available for others to view.
This means that evidence associated with not just metadata, but also content of
communications can often be collected through open sources long after the
communication is completed.
While evidence of criminality and victimization can be recovered through open
source investigative techniques, many of the commercial tools marketed to
criminal investigators and analysts are expensive. This sometimes places them
outside the reach of police departments. And, social media companies are
increasingly blocking API connections for commercial tools that allow the tools
to be used for “surveillance”. For these reasons, it is increasingly important
for criminal investigators and analysts to build an inexpensive cyber-OSINT
This Webinar will discuss the rapidly evolving ecosystem of online social
media and how people are changing how they choose to communicate. It will then
detail and demonstrate free and inexpensive cyber-OSINT tools that criminal
investigators and analysts can use to start build a cyber-OSINT toolbox.
Chuck Cohen, NW3C