Open source intelligence (OSINT) uses publicly available sources to gather intelligence for purposes ranging from basic recruitment checks on an individual to due diligence research for M&A purposes t...
Spies Without Borders - A fascinating account of how the FSB appears to Infiltrate the International Visa System to obtain visas for their spies - bellingcat buff.ly/2PwxhFG A case study on corporate #espionage. #OSINT #Humint.
Lots of breaches of Competitive Intelligence ethics - but then that's one reason why this is espionage and not #CI. The aim was obtaining visas for "dirty deeds" such as the Skripal poisoning. ... See MoreSee Less
One of the unanswered questions lingering after Bellingcat’s unmasking of the identities of suspects in the botched-up poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, is how two (or, likely, more) undercover...
Research & Critical Thinking in a Post-Fact World. A lecture by Dr Dan Russel of Google on what is truth, what is reality and how do we know what is credible or not.
Some fabulous examples - including fake information from the Library of Congress, and how we aren't teaching critical thinking properly (plus tips on search and more).
Essential viewing - even though it's a 24 minute video. He gives some frightening examples where people accept and assume knowledge that can't be true. If we can't evaluate information properly, how can we tell what is real and what is fake. (One of my favourite examples is of how a US City Council saw the website DHMO.org and believed it so banned DHMO being supplied!)
Unfortunately not all slides clear - but it doesn't matter. It's what Dan Russell says - not his visuals.Research & Critical Thinking in a Post-Fact World Dr. Dan Russell, Uber Tech Lead, Search Quality & User Happiness, Google ... See MoreSee Less
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History buff.ly/2o1WsQ5
NonPetya was a computer virus, targeting the Ukraine, which spread globally & caused $millions damage. Unlike other computer viruses, the aim was not ransomware but destruction. Without backups everything was lost. The article gives a case study of a major shipping company that thought it had backups but missed out on a key system they thought was safe. They recovered - through luck - as one node only had not been infected.
The lesson is that anybody can be attacked - intentionally or accidentally - and lack of preparation can be be catastrophic. #cybersecurity ... See MoreSee Less
Going extinct: why corporate giants die - and how to stay alive. buff.ly/2SFgsq2 In the mid-1920s the average lifespan of a top corporation was 90 years. In the 1950s it was 60 years. Today it is 17 years - as corporations die young.
There are 4 stages in the lifespan of a corporation - from start-up to eventual death. Preventing death comes from cultivating mavericks who mirror the company founders. Corporate cultures are insular. Mavericks are unpredictable and zany. They don’t play it safe: They are the backbone of innovation - not the "Chief Innovation Officer" responsible for coming up with tired-done-it-before-plans..
Focusing on What 90% of Businesses Do Now Is a Big Mistake. Just because most competitors do things in a certain way is not a good reason for you to.
Not so many years ago, 90% of lighting came from candles. Not so many years ago, 90% of land transportation involved horses. Only 15-20 years ago, almost all photographs had to be "developed" from camera film and the idea you could take photographs on your phone was not even imagined by over 90% of people.
Whether you agree or disagree some of these are truly memorable (or infamous - HamsterDance) and worth inclusion. (I remember spending TOO much time on RuneScape for example, so good to see that this one was included). It's a real trip down memory lane 🙂
What's interesting is how some of these are still going strong e.g. IMDB is now 25 years old, and Snopes is only a year younger.
I think a few sites were missed. (The selection deliberately missed out Instagram and Paypal viewing these as apps that build on earlier innovations). For example, although AltaVista is included, what about other early search engines such as Infoseek, Lycos and Webcrawler that preceded it? (I was there - I remember!)
1) DuckDuckGo doesn’t track its users. Google does. 2) DuckDuckGo blocks Google trackers lurking everywhere. 3) DuckDuckGo provides unbiased search results. 4) Users can search without fear of being watched. 5) Google is too big, too powerful and getting bigger and more powerful. Encourage competition to limit that power.
Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location. There's no panacea, because connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times.
Things you can do to limit location tracing: Go to myactivity.google.com Go to "Activity Controls." Turn off both "Web & App Activity" and "Location History" This turns off precise markers being stored. On Android phones go to the settings for "Security & location." Scroll down to the "Privacy" heading. Tap "Location." You can toggle it off for the entire device. On iOS devices go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services and switch this off.
Also use browsers such as DuckDuckGo that don't track you. However ultimately the best way to stop being tracked is to go off-grid and stop using computers, tablets, phones..... so the choice is yours. ... See MoreSee Less
Economist Intelligence Unit now offers a Competitor Intelligence service covering 1500 companies globally. This move from EIU transitions it from its industry focus to producing reports on individual companies. As such, it should prove useful for monitoring top companies. The threat is to in-company CI units focusing on multi-national competitors rather than smaller start-ups, disruptors & companies NOT in the top 1500 corporates. The skills in uncovering intelligence on such companies needs more sophisticated approaches than is likely to be offered by the EIU but are offered by professional CI firms such as AWARE. (buff.ly/2J3px7J) ... See MoreSee Less
Wiby is a search engine that delivers odd results - aiming to recreate the days before Google. Wiby does not claim or want to be a Google killer and even states that Google is indispensible for finding answers to pretty much anything. Wiby tries to give the odd pages that Google misses - as they don't answer complex questions. Instead they bring back the surprise that used to exist - giving websites where you'll go "Wow - I didn't know that". For #OSINT research it may even turn up a gem that you'd never normally find. Who know? ... See MoreSee Less
Findera.com is a new search engine for finding people - aimed at supporting recruiters. It offers more powerful selection criteria than standard LinkedIn (e.g. length of time in a role, type of role, location, etc.) - and allows users to view emails, save and export data.
One caveat - all features are currently not available to the UK (or Europe) - so to log in to get the full power you need to be based in the US or use a VPN. To subscribe you need to give profile data which can then be used to update or grow Findera's people data.
Despite the caveat, another useful tool for finding people (and add it to sites like Cubib.com and it makes profiling US based potential contacts both easier and faster) buff.ly/2y15SQJ #websearch #OSINT ... See MoreSee Less
6 reasons why failing strategies continue to be supported by business (& political) leaders.
Reasons include - the "sunk cost fallacy"; - loss aversion; - optimism that things will improve; - not wishing to turn back; - pluralistic ignorance. - perceived threats to status if seen as uncertain
The risks can be avoided by - putting in place systems to ensure objectivity e.g. encouraging dissenters to speak out - and voting on strategies; - including alternative strategies - ensuring that strategy formation and implementation aren't carried out by the same people.
(Includes a case study on why Marks & Spencer went wrong after decades of success)/
Web scraping: How to harvest data for untold stories - ICIJ buff.ly/2DtfXLZ
Web scraping can help extract information that's otherwise not easily downloadable, using a piece of code or a program. Includes tips e.g. how to automate the process by downloading Outwit Hub from outwit.com and also an excellent presentation on techniques by Samantha Sunne on how to scrape data without programming at buff.ly/2QYmkcX. #OSINT #Search ... See MoreSee Less
At this year’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) in Tianjin, China, PwC unveiled a report detailing eight significant predictions for the future of artificial intelligence (AI), called 2018 AI Predictions – 8 insights to shape business strategy.
1. AI will impact employers before it impacts employment 2. AI will come down to earth – and get to work 3. AI will answer the big question about data 4. Functional specialists, not techies, will decide the AI talent race 5. Cyberattacks will be more powerful because of AI – but so will cyberdefense 6. Opening AI’s black box will become a priority 7. Nations will spar over AI 8. Pressure for responsible AI won’t be on tech companies alone ... See MoreSee Less
Strategy vs. Tactics: What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter? buff.ly/2nipGdi
Strategy and tactics are 2 terms that get thrown around a lot, and are often used interchangeably. But what exactly do they mean & how do they differ.
In summary, strategies tells you where you are going. Changing them can be like trying to turn around an aircraft carrier—it can be done but not quickly. Tactics are the specific actions or steps you undertake to accomplish your strategy.
The strategic theorist Henry Mintzberg provides a useful approach to thinking about strategy in adversarial situations. According to Mintzberg, there are five key components or types:
Plan: A consciously chosen series of actions to achieve a goal, made in advance. Ploy: A deliberate attempt to confuse, mislead or distract an opponent. Pattern: A consistent, repeated series of actions that achieve the desired result. Position: A considered relationship between an entity (organization, army, individual etc) and its context. Perspective: A particular way of viewing the world, a mindset regarding actions that lead to a distinct way of behaving.
But there's much more.....
The futurist Alvin Toffler wrote: If you don’t have a strategy, you are part of someone else’s strategy.
For the ancient military strategist, Sun Tzu, strategy is about winning before the battle begins, while tactics are about striking at weakness. ... See MoreSee Less
Strategy and tactics are two terms that get thrown around a lot, often used interchangeably. But what exactly do they mean, what is the difference, and why is it important? In this article, we look at...
Cubib.com is a new free Public Data Search tool for the USA. And it works! Where does your #OSINT target live. What domains have they registered and what cars have they purchased, and lots more. ... See MoreSee Less
Cubib is transforming the world of public data because we have a simple purpose: to make United States public data available to everyone, free of charge. Our public information search includes people ...
10 extensions to add to Google Chrome, now in its 10th year that really add to its power. Extensions such as OneTab to save tabs for later viewing, password management or Kopernio for slipping through paywalls and more! ... See MoreSee Less
Top list of search engines, including web search engines, videos search engines, meta-search engines, image search engines, academic search engines, blog search engines, directories, private search en...
Bing's got a new image search function that beats Google hands-down.
Unlike Google, you can paste images directly as well as URLs (like Google) or upload images. You can also take photos and use those - so great as a search tool with cell phones.
Another feature that's not (yet) on Google is the ability to crop bits from an image and so zoom in. In a test of a complex photo, it was confused on the location when using the full photo but got it completely right when I cropped the photo to key bits.
Unfortunately it's not great with faces. I put in a group photo and then cropped to just people I knew had lots of web images. It didn't find one. However for backgrounds, buildings and most other images I tried it does a great job.
A really useful tool in the #OSINT and #Search Armoury.