Many companies are beginning to figure out how OSINT can benefit them which means lots of opportunities for newcomers.
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.
What emerging (good or bad) trends did you notice over the past year?
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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