Week in OSINT #2020–17

Some tips, a reverse image search, a new imagery website and the almost mandatory ‘corona section’

Sector035
Sector035
Apr 27 · 3 min read

It’s time again for a short update with some nice things that I found last week while browsing the web. I kind of missed checking social media for new tips and links, or maybe I’m slightly going crazy by now? Maybe it’s time to bring in the cavalry soon to help me out with it.

  • Keep EXIF Data in WhatsApp
  • Aliseeks
  • YouTube Workflow
  • Aerial Imagery

Tip: Keep EXIF Data in WhatsApp

Sam Dubberley from Amnesty's Crisis Response Team shared a tip last week that can be extremely helpful for journalists. Since WhatsApp and Facebook are wildly used over the world, and especially in Africa, journalists use this often to communicate with people. When receiving images, they are mostly resized and stripped of the EXIF information. That is, until you send it as a document via WhatsApp. Thanks for the tip Sam!

Link: https://citizenevidence.org/2020/04/20/sending-encrypted-photos-while-preserving-metadata/

Site: Aliseeks

Twitter user Blaauw shared a website that I totally forgot about! Aliseeks offers a reverse image search for products, but searches within AliExpress or eBay listings.

He also shared two extensions for Chrome and Firefox in his tweet but I chose to share two other ones, from the original makers. I usually choose to do so to minimise the chance of breaking extensions when a site changes.

Link: https://www.aliseeks.com/

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aliexpress-search-by-imag/cpodebcggidjigndghagpkepglfbhali?hl

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/aliexpress-search-by-image-ext/?src=search

Tip: YouTube Workflow

Sinwindie created another new workflow for OSINT investigators, this time about YouTube videos. Don’t forget to combine that with my blog about about extracting information from Google accounts, that you can find in this post!

Link: https://twitter.com/sinwindie/status/1253838272909979650

Site: Aerial Imagery

This weekend I saw a tweet from Obretix where he mentioned the website Soar. I didn’t hear of it before, but I truly hope they will get popular very soon. They offer satellite, aerial and drone imagery and a really nice interface. Don’t expect a lot of hi-res imagery yet, but do expect a few interesting areas in the Middle East, an interface that lets you measure and annotate, and a growing community with access to drones!

| GeoGuessr

Even though there are some paid subscriptions, it is still possible to play GeoGuessr for free with Mapillary maps. But if you need help recognising blurred license plates, want to know where the most corn fields are in the USA, or even the distribution of olive trees in the world, then grab a snack and go over this extremely long blog post that was shared by Atocat.

Link: https://somerandomstuff1.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/geoguessr-the-top-tips-tricks-and-techniques/

| Movie Locations

BushidoToken wrote a small article on the task of locating the exact spot where Daniel Craig was standing while shooting the movie Skyfall.

Link: https://bushidotoken.blogspot.com/2020/04/osint-investigation-wheres-bond.html

And in case you like to practice your geolocation skills, why not go to one of the many websites that collect that info and help them out, like here:

Link: https://www.itsfilmedthere.com/2012/05/my-top-10-most-wanted-missing-locations.html

| Video Conference Backgrounds

To spice things up a bit when you join a video conferencing, you might want to change your background with chroma key, or with the built-in function of Zoom. And if you are a bit of a geek — like most readers probably — wouldn’t it be cool to experiment with these Star Wars backgrounds?

Link: https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-backgrounds

Have a good week and have a good search!

Week in OSINT

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Sector035

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Just a shadowy nerd… Busy with InfoSec, geolocation and OSINT

Week in OSINT

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

Sector035

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Sector035

Just a shadowy nerd… Busy with InfoSec, geolocation and OSINT

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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