Timely Tips for the OSINT Pro

Our weekly hack for those in the field doing the work & digging up critical intel.

The ability to uncover information on the internet is the primary skill of an online investigator. There are hundreds of thousands of surface, deep, and dark websites, but which are most pertinent to your unique case? Do you know how to utilize Google to its full potential?  With new social media platforms coming online at a rapid pace, capturing leads and evidence in social media networks is more complex than ever. Do you know the latest tools of the trade?

Hg’s OSINT Tips of the week provides you with the latest intel how to be most effective in our tradecraft. We are always looking for new tools, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you  have one you’d like reviewed in a future post!


This week, we provide a list of Social News & Media Aggregators useful in OSINT investigations.


A simple but powerful aggregator for boards, forums, chatrooms, and blogs. Boardreader does disclose which they aggregate. However, we have seen lesser known industry-specific boards and have made some great finds. This can be a valuable tool in your investigative and intelligence gathering efforts.


Social Mention is an aggregator for blogs, microblogs, images, videos, and more. According to Social Mention, they monitor 80+ social media properties. Results can be narrowed down to a specific time period.


Webhose.io is all about Deep Web data mining from news, blogs, reviews, and Dark Web. Webhouse.io used to offer a free service, Omgili.com. Now they require a subscription. However, their Website still offers some free datasets to download for international news sources and white papers on these various topics.

Have an OSINT tip for us? Contact us, and we will consider reviewing it in future posts! 

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Hg’s 2021 Back to School Training Packages

We open our arms to cooler weather, leaf peeping, children’s voices on playgrounds again, and a discounted offer to our colleagues and followers! Check out our expertly curated and always available training content to help you hone your tradecraft skills. Our themes this fall are Social Media Investigations, OSINT Skills, Due Diligence and Business Intelligence, and Dark Web Skills. We have designed the packages to include a combination of recorded and upcoming live webinars along with our Data2Know newsletters that provide timely and detailed information on how to navigate the ever-changing digital world as analysts and investigators.

We appreciate you and hope you find our fall offerings just what you need to further hone your open source skills!

~ The Hg Team + Hg Pups

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