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Thursday, March 30
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Why you should be on the dark web

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Reading for research: 5 books to better your OSINT
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How OSINT can give you an outsider’s perspective of your network
The four pillars of Russian disinfo
The 4 pillars of propaganda: Russian disinfo techniques and how to be more discerning
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OSINT news roundup: Telegram doxing, cyber warfare and “space power”

Latest blogs

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Managed attribution for better ROI and researcher sanity

It’s time to be done with dirty networks, firewalls with more holes than Swiss cheese, and clunky DIY research environments that make IT…

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OSINT news roundup: Hitmen, VK and maritime OSINT

Stay up to date with the latest OSINT news from around the world

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Peeling back the onion: How and why to access Tor for OSINT

The dark web offers crucial information hidden from the surface. Learn how to investigate safely and improve your research. 

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From suspicious links to a fundamental shift: the new National Cybersecurity Strategy

A breakdown of the new National Cybersecurity Strategy from the White House

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One size won’t fit all: Clearing the air on OSINT methodology

As an OSINT practitioner and trainer, I am often asked for a standard methodology in collecting OSINT. I'm here to dispel the appeal of a "…

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OSINT news roundup: Bellingcat, spy balloons and business OSINT

Stay up to date with the latest OSINT news from around the world.

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Becoming less unique online: taking control of your digital fingerprint

Your browser knows a lot about you. If you want to stay truly anonymous online, you need to avoid being a unique snowflake and learn to…

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Ukraine: 1 year after an unexpected invasion, OSINT continues to shed light on the past, present and future of the conflict

One year ago today, Russian tanks moved into Ukraine. What is happening with the conflict now and how is OSINT shaping the fighting?

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Practical OSINT tips for better planning and tradecraft

Brian Fuller, OSINT professor and expert, shares his hands-on tips for conducting mission-focused, secure and anonymous OSINT research.  

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The Dark Web

Online research seeks to leave no stone unturned. Yet many researchers are hesitant — or not allowed — to explore the dark web. Our series explores the basics of the dark web and how to safely leverage it for a range of investigations in a way that protects researchers and their organizations. 

Understanding the dark web and how it can aid your investigation

3 things to consider before you start your dark web investigation

Essential tools for improving surface and dark web research

Best practices for creating a dark web access policy