Mo' OSINT, Mo' Problems?
MetaOSINT ("MO") is here to help.
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MO enables open-source intelligence ("OSINT") practitioners to quickly identify relevant, publicly-available tools and resources, saving valuable time during investigations, research, and analysis.
MO evaluated a staggering 17,000 source links that appeared in a continually growing catalog of "OSINT tool & resource lists" shared throughout the OSINT community. For the first time, MO measured the overlap among these lists, in an effort to highlight the "top" resources, based on number of shared citations. In total, more than 11,000 unique OSINT tools & resources were identified on nearly 30 evaluated lists alone. The MO website specifically provides the 4,810 resources cited multiple times across these lists.
Despite some efforts to automate OSINT research (for example, see the Workflow / Productivity Tools > Programming / Automation chart bubbles), open-source investigations (especially person searches) remain a manual effort. This is where MO helps. MO is expected to have two primary uses:
- Quick prioritization of supporting tools & resources during an OSINT investigation. For example, dozens of tools now exist (more than 40!) to check the existence of a specific username across social media sites. MO highlights which of these tools are cited most often on OSINT "resource lists", helping pinpoint good places to start your investigation. (Pro Tip: Use Identity / Person Search > Username in the chart.)
- Broaden your research scope. You likely have many go-to OSINT investigation resources, based on your unique needs and preferences. However, once leads are exhausted, additional intel sources are often needed. MO helps quickly identify other top-cited resources organized into common research/investigation categories as a next step once the trail inevitably runs cold. (For example, "What other resources exist for investigating this bitcoin wallet address?" Use E-Commerce & Cryptocurrency > Cryptocurrency & Blockchain to surface 33 resources that might help, including a small cluster of top-cited tools.
- (Bonus!) MO does not set out to be a definitive list of all OSINT resources. However, in compiling an extremely large list of resources and measuring citation overlap, MO managed to capture a unique snapshot of the current OSINT resource landscape. As such, MO may provide value for those interested in understanding this landscape itself - for example, based on number of tools/resources cited, we see Twitter remaining a dominant focus for OSINT investigations, and sites like LinkedIn much less so. Finally, MO likely offers time-savings for almost anyone (especially students) performing web-based research via search engines or news or geopolitics-focused sources.
MO was conceived by a former OSINT investigator, but entered existence simply as an excuse to practice coding during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you benefited from this project, please consider a small contribution to MO's favorite charity.
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