Justin Seitz

@jms_dot_py | hunch.ly

What was your OSINT highlight of 2021?

It’s hard to pin down a single highlight. I get excited all the time when working on investigations, and thoroughly enjoy watching my colleagues publishing their work on a wide variety of topics. I am constantly amazed by what folks are doing out there and I’m really fortunate to be in a position to cheer on researchers and investigators of all kinds from all corners of the world.

In my line of work I actually saw an increase in the number of survivors of crime who are self-teaching as a means to both protect themselves and to help fight their own fights.

Any favorite tool or technique that you tried in 2021?

Another tough one! I actually don’t have a favourite, and I use a wide range of tools and code all the time. Hard to play favourites!

How do you see the OSINT landscape changing in 2022?

I can see an increase in anti-scraping and anti-collection techniques coming in 2022 much like we have over the previous years. I think we will also see more and more platforms moving to a single page web application (i.e. Instagram, Twitter) that will require investigators to think more about “application state” instead of “web page”.

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