What was your OSINT highlight of 2020?
Seeing the community and field, in general, continue to grow and thrive despite a challenging year. Seeing OSINT and SpiderFoot in particular be misused to falsely claim election fraud was a negative highlight of the year, for me personally.
What emerging (good or bad) trends did you notice over the past year?
My focus is on tools due to SpiderFoot, so that’s all I can really talk about. I see more tools and services coming onto the scene and OSINT as a topic appears to be becoming more prominent in InfoSec discussions where I see “recon” is becoming more often replaced with OSINT.
Any favorite tool or technique that you tried in 2020?
So many to name, but I think IntelligenceX and SpySe are proving to be great resources with rich datasets. Greyhat Warfare also looks pretty interesting.
How do you see the OSINT landscape changing in 2021?
Likely more of the same - more open source tools, more commercial spin-offs of those tools, more APIs providing access to searchable datasets.