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Open Source Intelligence Boot Camp

This Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & Dark Web boot camp will provide delegates with skills to become efficient and effective at finding those key pieces of intelligence on the Internet and Dark Web. Dark Web allows criminals and human rights activists alike to avoid the people hunting them. There are a number of key technologies that have allowed The Dark Web to flourish, from cryptocurrency Bitcoin to software that allows anonymity such as Tor. The Dark Web is at the fore-front of criminal innovation and understanding how it works is the first step in being able to combat the illegal activities that go on there. This boot camp is highly practical allowing delegates the time to explore and understand some of the hundreds of tools and websites available.

This course will be suitable for delegates interested in the SANS Institute course FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence.



There are no prerequisites for this course, however, participants are expected to have a basic understanding of computers and the internet.

Course Content

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Day 1 Objectives

  •   Learn advanced search engine techniques and features
  •   Identify websites for finding information on people and companies
  •   Analyse website source code for investigative purposes
  •   Use deep web sites and directories
  •   Use social media for investigation, intelligence and geolocation
  •   Describe the best open source software to use for investigations
  •   Access influential internet communities

Day 2 & 3 Objectives

  •   Advanced search engine techniques and Google hacking
  •   Describe the ways mobile devices can cause and opportunity and risk
  •   Tracking users with GPRS and SSID
  •   Advanced software required for safe internet investigations
  •   Explain the digital footprint is left when online and the dangers associated
  •   Understand anonymity and encryption applications

Day 4 Objectives

  •   Understand the history of illegal activities on the internet
  •   Advanced knowledge needed when capturing digital evidence for court
  •   Familiarity with use of Tor and accessing Tor Hidden Services (THS) and other Dark Webs
  •   Use and describe how Bitcoin works
  •   Understand other Virtual currencies
  •   Understand the attacks against Tor

Day 5 Objectives

  •   Use and describe how Tor works in depth
  •   Understand the Tor Protocol and Network
  •   Access Tor Hidden Services (THS)
  •   Use Tor on mobile devices, understand the leaky devices
  •   Understand advanced Dark webs features

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Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.

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