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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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FAQ: web isolation and the zero-trust maturity model

Nearly every organization is pursuing or perfecting zero-trust architecture. Web isolation can be a fast win in this sizable undertaking.…

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Reading for research: 5 books to better your OSINT

Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book. Why not make your next read an asset to your research?


OSINT in the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act

A new congressional bill could shape the way open-source intelligence is utilized.

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OSINT is a perishable skill: How Skull Games kept me sharp

OSINT research and reporting are use-it-or-lose-it skills. To brush up on mine, I participated in a recent Skull Game to put OSINT to a…

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Beating censorship: putting the “open” in open source

Anti-censorship activist Yevgeny Simkin is determined to find new ways to help people who live in dictatorial regimes access information…

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OSINT news roundup: weaponized supply, joint air patrols and war crime documentation

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

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Foolproof security of user web activity

Even the most security-aware users make mistakes and can accidentally expose their organizations’ networks to malware and other…


What we can find when we know where to look: applying AI to social OSINT

This company’s AI technology tracks alt-social media sites to document trends and violent rhetoric, creating reports and saving time for…

How EXIF data can further your research

A picture worth a thousand words: How EXIF data can further your research

Behind each image on the web is a story. Discovering the story may be easier than you think if you peel back the layers and peak behind the…

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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