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Sunday, March 26
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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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OSINT need-to-knows: Intro to advanced search and Google dorking

Google dorking is an important skill for open-source intelligence investigators to quickly narrow internet search results through operators…

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7 search engines for better OSINT

Searching the internet is ground zero for open-source investigations. But knowing the differences in search engines, their pros and cons,…

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OSINT news roundup: OPSEC, environmental OSINT, and changes in the IC

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

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5 tips for OSINT on the dark web

Michael James of OSINT Curious Project shares his advice on conducting OSINT on the dark web, including how to stay secure, anonymous and…

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OSINT news roundup: damage assessments, location data and, lagging intel strategies

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

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The fall of FTX: What happened and what could have been done differently

The fall of FTX could have been predicted if researchers conducted proper blockchain analysis, but that didn’t happen until it was too late…

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Managed attribution FAQs: answers to your most common questions

Authentic8 answers FAQs about managed attribution and misattribution from online investigators who need to cloak or be anonymous for…

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OSINT news roundup: fighting misinfo in Africa, recruiting bloggers and hackathon doxing

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

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OSINT news roundup: export controls, Russian influence and lessons from Ukraine

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

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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