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Investigating Heirs

I remember watching the video a dozen or so times, frustrated by an old photo of an unidentified male appearing for only a fraction of a second. This would turn out to be the “unknown father” listed on both the deceased child’s birth and death certificate. The same father the mother had gone to great lengths in denying any knowledge of their identity…

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OSINT for Law Enforcement

Intelligence-led law enforcement investigations and operations rely on reliable, relevant, timely, and actionable intelligence. OSINT enables law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze information from the internet relating to their investigations, identifying criminals, criminality, and witnesses. 

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Disrupting Crime with Vehicle Records

There are 287 million vehicles registered on the road in the U.S., equating to roughly 872 cars per 1000 people. Vehicles are intrinsically linked to our way of life and are rarely found far from their owners, with infrastructure designed around their heavy use. Therefore, identifying the vehicle that the subject of an investigation owns, has access…

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Event Security with OSINT

Event security is much more than security personnel walking around the site during the event. Security at events necessitates extensive planning, resources, and communication. Security teams routinely use equipment and technology to support the efforts of security personnel through measures such as CCTV, however, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is an…

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Stolen Identities: How Fraud is Affecting Pandemic Aid

Well-researched scams can appear so genuine that they fool the intended marks. As discussed in our recent article on hitman scams, scammers use real-world details and mimic official terminology to make their frauds appear authentic. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown this, with con artists utilizing several methods to exploit the pandemic for their…

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How the BBC unmasked a Scammer Social Media Influencer using OSINT

A recent BBC Panorama documentary unmasked the world of social media influencer scammers, individuals who boast about the scams that they are allegedly conducting online, as well as the wealth that it generates them, encouraging their followers to also engage in the same crimes and lifestyle. In the documentary, the BBC revealed that these scammers…

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Finding a Way Through the Dark (Data)

It’s been recently said that data is the new oil. However, whilst gasoline is accessible and easily obtained from gas stations, the same cannot be said for data. Many organizations have tried to exploit data themselves, recognizing it as a valuable asset, however, entire industries have been created to assist companies to locate, gather, and assess…

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Researching Hitman Scams on the Dark Web

Earlier this year, the European Union police agency Europol, working alongside Italian police, arrested a man suspected of hiring a killer on the dark web. The suspect allegedly paid roughly $10,000 worth of Bitcoin to have his ex-girlfriend killed. Authorities quickly traced the transaction, found the provider where he had purchased the…

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A Deep Dive into Deep Fakes

Deep Fakes Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning promise to evolve humanity to greater futuristic heights. The most pressing developments are in the areas of automation; AI-generated synthetic media, including audio or video, can bring unprecedented opportunities in the areas of art, education, and entertainment at a fraction of the cost.…

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Arson Claims on the Rise

Events over the last two years show that arson crimes appear to be rising across the country with insurance claims from fire losses as the logical extension of this activity. While there are many reasons or motivations for arson; the economic nature of COVID-19, the eviction moratorium, and cultural turmoil appear to be driving residential and…

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