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, our Timely Tips overview two government resources. These platforms can be valuable for a variety of Cyber Investigations and research activity. Both can be useful tools for uncovering a plethora of information. Come on, it’s time to dig in.


Cyber Investigations: https://sanctionssearch.ofac.treas.gov/

Looking for a free search application to locate economic and trade sanctions? The U.S. Department of the Treasurys Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) Sanctions List Search aggregates information from OFACs Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (known as the SDN List) among other smaller sanction lists (known as the Consolidated Sanctions List). You can search by aircraft, entity, individual, or vessel and narrow down further by location. The OFAC also has the full sanction lists available for download if needed.


Cyber Investigations: www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/the-denied-persons-list

The Bureau of Industry and Securitys (BIS) Denied Persons List is a list of entities (people and companies) that have been denied export privileges for a reason. Some list entities are temporary, others are indefinite. Dealings with a listed entity that would violate the terms which put the entity on the list are strictly prohibited. List information includes name and address, the denial effective and expiration dates, and the type of denial. Any change to a list entity occurring within a 90-day period will be added to the Recent Changes Denied Parties List. To search these lists, scroll through the list or use Find (Ctl+F) to search against the list.


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