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September 11, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Follow the Money with Python

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Lots of OSINT investigations involve looking at companies, their structure, and of course their directors. Just yesterday, CBC News here in Canada did a story about a wealthy family allegedly using tax havens as a means to avoid paying taxes. As part of the news story…

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August 28, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Discover Website Connections Through Tracking Codes

This article originally appeared on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Fellow Bellingcat contributor Lawrence Alexander did some really interesting OSINT work on analyzing the hidden links between websites using tracking and analytics codes. In his how-to titled “Unveiling Hidden Connections With Google Analytics IDs” he shows how you can begin to see how websites are connected to…

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August 13, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Using Python to Mine Common Crawl

This article was originally posted on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. One of my Automating OSINT students Michael Rossi (@RossiMI01) pinged me with an interesting challenge. He had mentioned that the Common Crawl project is an excellent source of OSINT, as you can begin to explore any page snapshots they have stored for a target domain. Michael wanted…

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June 23, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Mapping Where Sex Offenders Can Live

This article was originally posted to the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Recently I was listening to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast titled, “Making Sex Offenders Pay – And Pay and Pay” which you can listen tohere. The premise behind the episode was that sex offenders are a bit unique in how they are punished by the…

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June 9, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Analyzing Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf Part 2

This article was originally published on AutomatingOSINT.com. After running the first part of this series I had a question come in from Charles Cameron (@hipbonegamer) a well known author and terrorism researcher: Charles Cameron (hipbone) – May 26th, 2015 So — did you draw any conclusions from the use of this technique on the trove…

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May 26, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Analyzing Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf

This article was originally published on AutomatingOSINT.com. On May 20, 2015 the ODNI released a trove of documents called “Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf“. This included all kinds of materials including letters he had written, books he was reading and other various bits of information. This document released piqued my interest primarily because I was interested to…

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