Week in OSINT #2019–26

Instagram and insights, TikTok and tags, cheat sheets and a city register.

Jul 1 · 3 min read

And that’s another week gone by really fast. A week with a busy and interesting week at work, requests for assistance left and right, making arrangements for new talks and of course keeping an eye out for interesting links to share in this news letter. Talking about that, here’s the overview of topics:

  • TikTok Search
  • Geo-Tagged Videos
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Instagram History
  • New York City Register
  • Facebook Ad Library

Article: TikTok Search

An awesome little web based tool was shared by Twitter handle OSINT combine. Since TikTok has gained loads of popularity the last year or two, it has become another source for investigators to have a look at. And this simple search tool can help with that.

Link: https://www.osintcombine.com/tiktok-quick-search

Site: Geo-Tagged Videos

Lorenzo Romani shared a link last week explaining that it was his favourite tool to find YouTube videos based on a location. The web based tool is extremely easy to use, and even though not a lot of people actually tag their location, it is always a good idea to double check. You never know what is out there!

Searching for videos in a 10km radius around the Red Bull ring Spielberg in Austria

Link: https://mattw.io/youtube-geofind/location

Archive: Cheat Sheets

Last week in the OSINT chat the user Maggy shared a link to an online archive of cheat sheets. Whether you need something about OSINT, digital forensics, pentesting or general IT knowledge, it is in here! Thanks for the share!

Link: https://www.dfir.training/resources/downloads/cheatsheets-infographics

Tip: Instagram History

Youri was busy with one of the Quiztime challenges the other day, when the topic of Instagram posts popped up. He then started to explain how it is possible to search on Instagram for specific dates. And it turns out that Instagram is using a system based on the difference in milliseconds since the start of the platform. He also found a nice video explaining exactly how to use this method.

Link: https://youtu.be/FYnfKghpJBw

Archive: New York City Register

Sometimes you are browsing around on the internet and stumble upon a database with a wealth of information that you didn’t expect to find. I already touched a lot of databases in a data-set special two months ago, but this one never made it. This link is the tool ARCIS (Automated City Register Information System) by the New York city department of finance. It is a database with deeds, declarations, assignment of mortgage or lease and even maps from properties within the city of New York.

Example of a deed from 2016 of a condo in Queens

Link: https://a836-acris.nyc.gov/CP/

Site: Facebook Ad Library

This link has been shared lots of times the last couple of weeks, but I kept missing it in my news letter. This weekend it popped up in my time line again, thanks to Dutch_Osintguy, so here it is.The page is there to give insight into the advertisement platform of Facebook. And yes, this includes ads about elections, social issues or politics. Thanks for the share!

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ads/library/

Have a good week and have a good search!

Week in OSINT

Your weekly dose of OSINT websites, tools and aimed at anyone working in the field of analysts, researchers and pentesters.


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