- Paperback: 422 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 5 edition (April 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530508908
- ISBN-13: 978-1530508907
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information 5th Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
There is a newer edition of this item:
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
About the Author
Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on open source intelligence, hacking cases, and personal data removal methods. As an active investigator for multiple organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals in the use of his investigative techniques and privacy control strategies.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book was a textbook for an OSINT class I took in college. It seemed cool so I decided to buy instead of rent and I'm glad I did. This book offers tons of websites, applications, and advice for conducting OSINT and how to avoid being a target for others doing the same. Everything from how to find the origination of an image, to cracking open Wi-Fi connected cameras, to using social media to track someone. If you really want to go down this rabbit hole, check out the author's website (inteltechniques.com) and his podcast. He and Justin Carroll discuss all sorts of ways to prevent yourself from being tracked, etc. It's really quite a fascinating world even if you don't plan to go into it.
Most of their techniques are laid out in this book, and really even if you just want to be able to find information more easily online (any kind of info) this book will help a lot!
The site listings for different data are great, but even though the book just came out, some of the information does't work because sites changed things.
I really like, how Mr. Bazzell mixes in some real world examples of things he's done with some of the techniques. I was also able to find some information, after reading how what sites and how too look things up, that I had been searching for in vain for almost 10 years.
I recommend this book as a reference if nothing else.
This is a rich update with nearly 40 pages devoted to extracting intelligence from the motherlode social network Facebook (1 Billion plus members and counting) in spite of roadblocks Facebook created when it changed its "Graph" search interface in late 2014. Bazzell has created a custom search tool that can be used free, by anyone, to conduct investigations on Facebook. And he has created Google custom search engines – also free -- for probing many other social resources including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, dating sites, telephone number and address databases, and photo metadata. Maybe you would like to create your own Google custom search engine, tailored to the sites you want to explore? Bazzell shows you exactly how to do it (and it’s not difficult).
There’s a separate section devoted to Android "emulation." It explains how to make a laptop or desktop computer simulate a smartphone to conduct investigations with apps designed to operate only on mobile devices (e.g., Snapchat, Tinder, and Kik). He describes the impracticality of using smartphones with tiny screens and limited functions to conduct investigations that may need to be documented with screen captures, videos, and extensive notes.
A large section of the book describes free Windows “portable” programs that are appropriate for intelligence gathering. Also a portable edition of Firefox browser configured for online investigations. These can be downloaded to, and run from, a USB drive or digital memory card. [Investigators with Mac and Linux systems can run the Windows programs by using virtualization software]. Bazzell makes these programs and browser add-ons available to people enrolled in his online training program through his Inteltechniques.com website. However, readers of the book, if they want them, will need to assemble the materials on their own since the book only identifies the names and functions of the programs.
Bazzell draws on an 18-year police career in Illinois, where he was assigned to the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force, in revealing hundreds of practical techniques for extracting Internet intelligence about subjects who range from the lowest fraudsters and scoundrels to everyday honest individuals who are being checked for trusted jobs and personal or business relationships. Many will be surprised, others shocked, by the clear, candid explanations of how to legally crack telephone numbers and addresses; investigate websites, domains and IP addresses; identify and track individuals who hide behind aliases; geolocate people (determine their latitude/longitude coordinates) through their smartphone interaction with various social network sites (e.g. Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Flickr); use maps, street view images and satellite imagery in investigations; and conduct deep investigations of most anything that appears on the Internet. Of course, there’s more. There’s a good tutorial on basic search engine use (many people have no clue how to construct an effective search “query” and, therefore, don’t retrieve good answers). And there’s good coverage of the search engines themselves.The usual suspects – Google, Bing and Yahoo – are referenced throughout the book. But searchers in the future may want to also include the big Russian and Chinese search engines, Yandex and Baidu. One of Bazzell’s free custom search engines (on his website) searches all of these, plus 10 more simultaneously. He recommends using the Firefox browser.
This is a book that should be within arm’s reach of every investigator, particularly in the United States inasmuch as the Internet is heavy on US-centric resources. It represents a continuing 5-Star effort by Michael Bazzell.