SOCMINT with SHERLOCK

March 21, 2024
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GABRIEL SOUSA CARVALHAES

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  1. Introduction

Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) is a type of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) focused on finding publicly available information on social websites. In other words, SOCMINT techniques can track the data that travels through social media. Therefore, it is important to understand that one of the best ways to gather information on social media is to keep track of accounts, and it is possible to do that through searching of usernames.

Michael Bazzell, an OSINT expert who has worked for years on criminal investigations for the FBI task force, describes this process best in his book “Open-Source Intelligence Techniques”:

  “Once you have identified a username for an online service, this information may lead to much more data. Active internet users often use the same username across many sites. For example, the user ‘amanda62002’ on Myspace may be the same ‘amanda62002’ on Twitter and an unknown number of other sites. When you identify an email address, you may now have the username of the target. If a subject uses ‘[email protected]’ as an email address, there is a good chance that he or she may use mpulido007 as a screen name on a number of sites. If the target has been an internet user for several years, this Gmail account was probably not....

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