More and more people (who were not into this yet) started to realise how powerful OSINT actually is.
What was your OSINT highlight of 2022?
Seeing the impact of OSINT in the war between Russia and Ukraine. Not only did OSINT assist with accurate news reporting, it also helped the civilians on the ground make well-informed decisions and escape combat zones.
What emerging (good or bad) trends did you notice over the past year?
OSINT has definitively reached an even bigger audience in 2022. This year I’ve sadly seen an increase in misuse and unethical use of the tools and resources we share in our community. Attracting a wider audience is good, but it also means we’ll see how OSINT can be used for unethical and illicit purposes.
Any favorite tool or technique that you tried in 2022?
I’ve grown really fond of Spiderfoot this year! It’s pretty much my go-to tool when I work on new assessments and projects.
How do you see the OSINT landscape changing in 2023?
I think we’ll see more OSINT for web 3.0 as new and emerging tech is made for that space. New, niche, social media platforms will continue to expand our digital footprint and increase our need for automated solutions for username and email enumeration. I suspect we’ll see politicians wanting to put laws in place that may try to limit or challenge the way we share information we have collected from open sources.
Promote yourself! Do you have a blog / Twitter account / Company / Tool / Course that you’d like to share with the community?
I just launched a new training organization for OSINT called Kase Scenarios. We will release realistic OSINT scenarios filled with challenges packed in a immersive story. Our goal is to put you in different roles and industries to give you a close to real-world experience of what it’s like to work in this field and the challenges that comes with it.
Our first scenario ‘Dark waters’ goes live early 2023 - https://kasescenarios.com
Anything else you’d like to add about The State of OSINT?
Careful what you OSINT with! Be critical of new tools and resources that promises amazing results. Join a community and find like-minded friends!