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Social Media Open Source Intelligence

This course provides delegates with Advanced knowledge in gathering Social Media Intelligence. Building on the Introduction and Advanced open source courses. This takes the gathering and finding of information online to the next level with in-depth use of advanced tools that are vital for covert internet investigations and intelligence gathering. The course is highly practical allowing delegates the time to explore and understand the tools and resources covered.

Audience
This course is intended for anyone who wishes to be able to utilise advanced software and tools for finding intelligence on various social media platforms on the Internet. It will be of particular interest to those in the private and public sector investigations, compliance industry, financial institutions, insurance companies, journalists and those involved in intelligence collection fields.

Learning Objectives

  •   What is Social Media?
  •   Gaining valuable intelligence from Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp, Reddit, LinkedIn, Google+, VK, Snapchat and Skype
  •   Utilising free Open Source tools
  •   What information can be found on social media?
  •   Utilising advanced searching techniques
  •   Delegates will be invited to go on to social media sites, to do live searches to discover what content the user might be posting, as well as geofencing to determine their actual locations
  •   To use Social Media for image analysis of photos and videos and content
  •   Live monitoring social media content
  •   How to securely capture and save the information they uncover
  •   Use of urban languages used in social media
  •   Use forensic linguistics techniques on social media postings to help identify individuals.
  •   Use Blogs, Vlogs, Forums and Bulletin Boards
  •   Gaming sites to obtain intelligence
  •   Where to find and use off topic boards for information?

Pre-Requisites

Participants are expected to have a good knowledge of Open Source Intelligence techniques and have completed the Open Source Inteligence Introduction course.

Course Content

Where applicable our OSINT instructors have a law enforcement, internet investigations and digital forensics practitioner experience aligned to the best practice standards, including ISO17025.

Module 1 - Social Media

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   What is social media?
  •   Describe the wide variety and most popular social networks
  •   Where to find the information?
  •   What information is shared on social network platforms?
  •   Social Media search engines
  •   Live monitoring social media content
  •   How to securely capture and save the information they uncover

Module 2 - Facebook and Messenger

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   What is Facebook?
  •   Facebook settings
  •   Facebook searching
  •   What is “Facebook” Messenger?
  •   What information can be found on Messenger?
  •   Accessing Facebook on the dark web
  •   Using Facebook API to find information

Module 3 - Twitter and Twitter third party apps

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   What is Twitter?
  •   Advanced Twitter search tools
  •   Learn key third-party tools for gathering intelligence
  •   Use tools for collating real-time News
  •   Geolocation tagged social media apps
  •   Identify devices being used to send Tweets
  •   Twitter search engines

Module 4 - YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and WhatsApp

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   YouTube search tools
  •   Viewing metadata of YouTube videos
  •   What information that can be found on Instagram and what search tools can be used?
  •   Using a Instagram API to find information
  •   What information that can be found on Pinterest and what search tools can be used?
  •   Using a Pinterest API to find information
  •   What information that can be found on WhatsApp and what search tools can be used?

Module 5 - Reddit, LinkedIn, Google+, VK, Snapchat and Skype

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   What information that can be found on Reddit and what search tools can be used?
  •   Sub-Reddit boards and how to use them as an intelligence asset
  •   LinkedIn search tools and intelligence gathering
  •   Google+ search and historical postings
  •   Snapchat search tools
  •   Skype search tools
  •   VK postings and search tools
  •   Using facial recognition software to identify VK users

Module 6 - Blogs, Vlogs, Forums, Bulletin Boards, Gaming sites and Off topic boards

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   Current internet forums, communities and discussion boards
  •   How to exploit Blogs and Vlogs for intelligence?
  •   Tumblr source of intelligence and information
  •   Forum/Blog search engines
  •   Gaming sites
  •   Off topic boards
  •   How to locate Historical postings?

Module 7 - Geo spatial analysis of Social Media - individuals, images and devices

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   Geo-locating images and videos
  •   Content base searching
  •   Reverse image searching
  •   Video sharing sites
  •   Facial recognition
  •   Image verification
  •   Geo-Spatial image identification from posts on Social Media
  •   How devices expose our data whilst using social media

Module 8 - Forensic Linguistics in social media messaging

This module covers the following subjects:

  •   To identify an urban language being used and to help comprehend the meaning.
  •   What is an ‘urban language’?
  • Where to find information online and what websites can help in deciphering the text.
  •   Forensic linguistic techniques used in deciphering social media messaging, the content and style.

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