Links for OSINT (Open Source Intelligence)
Internet Training
Presented by

Randolph Hock, Ph.D.  
Online Strategies


Internet Tools and Resources
for Open Source Intelligence - OSINT

Online Strategies designs and presents workshops on using the Internet effectively.  We have designed courses for a variety of US and other governments' agencies and ministries, and for companies, associations, NGO's, libraries, and schools.  Online Strategies courses have been presented to thousands of attendees, representing over forty nationalities, in thirteen countries. Further information


Updated 10 September 2014

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Some Key Intelligence "Starting Points"


Global Security.org

Mario's Cyberspace Station
Air War College Gateway to the Internet
Federation of American Scientists

Site Investigation Tools

Google Site Info (Use info: prefix)
Domain Dossier
InterNIC
Network Solutions’ Whois
DomainSearch.com
Convert Host/Domain Name to IP Address and vice versa
Using Traceroute
Wayback Machine

   



  Web Searching Tools

Search Engines

Google
     GoogleTranslate
     Google's Translators Toolkit
     Google Trends
     Google Correlate
     Google Public Alerts
     Google Custom Search Engine    Example
Yahoo
Bing
Ask.com
Blekko

Search Engine Comparison Chart

Country-Specific Search Engines - Directory
Search Engine Colossus

Multiple Engine Comparison Search
Zuula

Meta-Search Engines
Use with caution!
ixquick
MetaCrawler
Dogpile 
search.com
 

Visualization Tools

Examples:
SiloBreaker ,
Recorded Future   Demos
(TouchGraph GoogleBrowser
Quintura
Yippy
iSeek

Examples of Fee-Based Visualization/Clustering Software

VisuaLinks
Palantir Technologies
IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook
SiloBreaker (subscription now required)
Recorded Future
Vivisimo Velocity

Language Tools for Search Assistance
Rosette [Commercial software]
Google Language Tools



Resource Guides and Portals

Example
Air War College Gateway to Info. Operations & Intel

General Portals
My Yahoo
iGoogle

Specialized Portals
Examples:
Defence IQ
Mario's Cyberspace Station
Southern Fire Portal

Selected Examples of Resource Guides

Intelligence
Global Security.org
Mario's Cyberspace Station

Air War College Gateway to Information Operations & Intel
Defence IQ
Strategic Intelligence

Government Resource Guides& Official Government Portals
Governments on the WWW
eRepublic.org
Key International Resources - Northwestern University
Directgov
Hungarian Government Portal
 
General Reference
Internet Public Library Reference 
refdesk.com
 
Business
globalEdge
Competitive Intelligence - A Selective Resource Guide
 
Legal
Legal Research on International Law Issues
ASIL  Electronic Resources Guide (International Law) 

Economics
RFE

Countries/Travel
The Traveler's Web

Fire Investigation
interFIRE
Forensic Resources

Deep (Invisible, Hidden) Web

Examples of Deep Web finding aids

RFE
Legal Research on International Law Issues

Examples of high value Deep Web sites
The Virtual Technical Reports Center
Global Terrorism Database
Ingentaconnect  
Amazon
Social Science Research Network
PubMed
SEC Filings
Hoovers
GPO Access
FedBizOpps
ThomasNet
Corporate Information
Europages
Wer Liefert Was- European business directory
Central And Eastern European Directory

 

 

 


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News

Resource Guides

OnlineNewspapers.com
ABYZ News Links
Newslink
Newspaper Map

Networks/Services

BBC
MSNBC
Reuters
CNN

Aljazeera America
Aljazeera (Arabic)
ITAR-TASS News Agency
EIN News



Multi-Source Searching

Google News Search
Yahoo! News
SiloBreaker
NewsNow
NewsExplorer


Alerting Services

Talkwalker.com
Google News Alerts
Google Public Alerts
Yahoo Alerts
BBC Daily E-Mail Alerts

Speciality

Global Security.org
Mario's Cyberspace Station
Stratfor
Businesswire
Fire Investigation News (Fire Engineering)

Weblogs (Blogs)
Google Blog Search
Technorati
Meltwater IceRocket
IceRocket Trends
Bloglines

Zuula (Blog Search)

Examples
Jihad Watch
OSINFO - Open Sources Information
Public Intelligence Blog
Naval Open Source Intelligence
Kent's Imperative (blog)
Sources and Methods
Internet Haganah
IMINT & Analysis
Strategic Analysis & OSINT Mgt.
Osint.org.uk
Analysis Intelligence
Defence IQ
Intelligence Online


RSS Feeds

Bloglines (reader)
IceRocket (reader)
My Yahoo (reader)
U.S. Government RSS Library

Examples of Sites with RSS Feeds

BBC
National Terror Alert Response Center
EMM NewsBrief

Podcasts

iTunes
podcast.com
Podcastdirectory.com

Being Alerted to Changes in a Page

Google Alerts       WebSite-Watcher      Infominder    WatchThatPage.com    Update Scanner - Firefox (download)     Monitoring Web Page Changes


 
Discussion Groups (Forums, Newsgroups, etc.), Mailing Lists, and Chat Rooms

Newsgroups
Google Groups
Yahoo Groups
Delphi Forums 

Mailing Lists
TILE.Net
Topica
L-Soft CataList, the Official Catalog of LISTSERV® lists
The Mail Archive

Chat Rooms
SearchIRC
Gogloom

Forums Search
BoardReader
Omgili

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People


Social Networking Sites

Twitter
Topsy.com (searches Twitter)
LinkedIn
Facebook
Google +
MySpace

Talkwalker (social media alerts)
Verifying Social Media Content | Goundswell

Wikipedia "List of Social Networking Websites"

Personal Data / Public Records (US)

Intelius
PeopleFinders
searchsystems.net



PORTICO:Web Resources for Advancement Professionals
University of Vermont: Prospect Research and Reference Tools
David Lamb’s Prospect Research Page
BRB Publications – Free Public Records Sites

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)

Addresses / Phone Numbers
Infobel
Wayp International White & Yellow Pages
Yahoo! People Search
411.com
YP.com
Official White Pages
People Lookup
USA People Search

Phone Numbers, Plus ...
pipl Search
Spokeo

Birthdays
BirthDatabase.com

U.S. Illegal Aliens
Online Detainee Locator System

In the News 
BBC
MSNBC
OnlineNewspapers.com
Newslink
Metagrid
ABYZ News Links

By Areas of Expertise

IngentaConnect   
The Virtual Technical Reports Center
Amazon
Google Patent Search
Google Scholar

Their Bookmarks
Delicious

Biographies
Lawyers.com  (Martindale-Hubbell)
Biography.com
LinkedIn


Real Estate Values
Property Assessment Directory
Zillow

 

Executive Compensation
Executive Paywatch
SEC Filings

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Images, Maps, Audio, and Video

Imagery - Images, Maps and Other GEOINT Resources 

Images
Flickr
Google
Bing
Yahoo
Ask.com

 

Maps & Related
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Le Monde Diplomatique - Cartographie
ViaMichelin
Google Maps
Bing Maps
UN Cartographic Section

Google Earth - download site
Examples of Google mashups, see: googlemapsmania

Google Earth Community
Global Gazetteer
GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
GeoNames (mashup)

MarineTraffic.com - Live Ships Map
GPS Visualizer -coordinate calculators & distance tools

Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI)
Wikimapia
OpenStreetMap
Google Map Enginex`

VGI - Specialized Projects

Examples:
PakReport.org
Ushahidi Deploymwents of the Week

Radio
Resource Guides
radio-locator
Live-radio.net

Podcasts
iTunes
podcast.com
Podcastdirectory.com

Video
YouTube
Yahoo Video
Google Video

Bing Video

TV
Internet Archive TV News Search
TVEyes
Blinkx TV

Resource Guide
OnlineNewspapers.com


Countries

Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook 
BBC Country Profiles
Country Insights - Foreign Trade & Intl. Afairs - Canada
Governments on the WWW

National Portals
Resource Guide:
eRepublic.org
National Portals - Examples:
Service-Public.fr          deutschland.de


Country Leaders
World Leaders
BBC Country Profiles    
Wikipedia

Political Parties
Political Resources on the Net

Government Documents
Docuticker

Countries - Statistics
Directory of Official Statistical Agencies & Societies
EUROSTAT
UNdata
Nationmaster.com

Companies
Corporate Information
Europages
Wer Liefert Was- European business directory
Central And Eastern European Directory

For a larger collection of sites related to countries, see:
Countries on the Internet

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Scholarly/Technical Literature      

Scholarly and Technical Literature - Journal Articles
Ingentaconnect
DOAJ- Directory of Open Access Journals
Open Access Journals (Resource Guide from Catholic University of America Libraries)
Google Scholar

Fee-Based Access (or through AcademicLibraries)
JSTOR

Scholarly and Technical Literature - Books
Google Scholar
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Library of Congress Gateway to Library Catalogs
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Technical Reports

DTIC Online

 

Scholarly and Technical Literature - General Reference Sources
Extreme Searcher Reference Shelf

Also, be sure to take advantage of libraries near you!

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Languages                                                                                                            Anonymity

Translations
GoogleTranslate
Google's Translators Toolkit

Yahoo! Language Tools
YourDictionary.com
MyLanguages.org
Foreignword.com
PROMT-Reverso Online 
FreeTranslation.com
Dictionarist

Language Acquisition
DLI - Field Support Modules
Also see: The Traveler's Web - Chap. 9

EduNet Languages Page


Anonymity Software

Anonymizer PrivacyManager

TOR


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Selected Topical/Geographic Resources

Reminder: These are "selected" sites, identifying some major and/or representative sites for each topic. 
This collection is not meant to be exhaustive in any way.


Topics
Multi-Topic Tools and Sources  General Sites for Intelligence
Terrorism, Information Warfare, and Transnational Crime Military Resources, International Security , Conflicts,  and Politics
Public Health and Human Conditions Water and Energy
Country and Region-Specific Resources
Russia and Asia The Balkans and The Caucasus
Middle East and Africa  Latin America

 

Multi-Topic Tools and Sources

For  any/all of the topics below, also see the following sections presented in detail elsewhere on this page:

Some Key Intelligence "Starting Points"
Web Search Engines
Resource Guides
Mailing Lists & Newsgroups
People
 


 

News
Visualization Tools
Being Alerted to Changes in a Page
Languages
 

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Some General Sites for Intelligence

Federation of American Scientists
Global Security.org
Mario's Cyberspace Station
Air War College Gateway to Info. Operations & Intel

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Topical Resources
Reminder: These are "selected" sites, identifying some major and/or representative sites for each topic. 
This collection is not meant to be exhaustive in any way.

Military Resources

Resource Guides
AUL - Air Univ. Library  Index to Military Periodicals
Global Security.org
Combined Arms Research Library - Links

Armaments, Orders of Battle, etc.
Global Security.org
MilAvia Press
Federation of American Scientists

Military News
Janes
Defence IQ
 

International Security Policy


International Relations and Security Network
Air War College Gateway to the Internet
Air War College Cyberspace & Information Operations Study Center
The National Security Archive – George Washington University

Conflicts

INCORE 
FLASHPOINTS: Guide to World Conflicts
Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy
International Crisis Group
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Proliferation
Conflicts Forum
SIPRI -Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project)

Politics and Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Political Resources on the Net

Foreign Policy
Politics and International Relations
Governments on the WWW
World Leaders

 

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Terrorism

Terrrorism - General
Open Directory Terrorism Links
National Counterrorism Center
MIPT
Global Terrorism Database
SITE Intelligence Group
Federation of American Scientists - Intelligence Resource Program -         Terrorism - Background and Threat Assessments
Terrorism - Council on Foreign Relations
TerrorismFiles.org
Southeast Asia Terrorism Portal
Counterterrorism Blog
CDC - Bioterrorism
Global Incident Map

Terrrorism - Studies, Research, and Analysis on Terrorism
U.S. Department of State – Country Reports on Terrorism
US Dept. of State - Counterterrorism Office
Terrorism Research Center
International Institute for Counter-Terrorism
Nat'l Consortium for the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism
Threats Open Source Intelligence Gateway

Terrrorism - Sites About Specific Terrorist Organizations
Islamist Websites Monitor Project - MEMRI
Open Directory Project – Terrorist Organizations
U.S. Department of State - Country Reports on Terrorism -
Chapter 6: Terrorist Organizations

International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism 
Federation of American Scientists - Liberation Movements, Terrorist Organizations, Substance Cartels, and Other Para-State Entities
Jihad


Hate Groups - US
Southern Poverty Law Center - Hate Map

 

 

Information Warfare

IWS - The Information Warfare Site

 

Homeland Security

The White House - Office of Homeland Security

Transnational Crime


General
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
International Court of Justice
Interpol

Studies, Research, and Analysis
Nathanson Center for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption

Drugs
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Drug Enforcement Administration
National Drug Control Policy, Office of

Cybercrime
Also see “Information Warfare” above.
Cybercrime
infosyssec: The Security Portal for Information System Security Professionals

Money Laundering
International Money Laundering Information Network
World- Check "From a Different Angle" Newsletter

Corruption
Transparency International: The Global Coalition Against Corruption
WikiLeaks

Search Just the Terrorism and International Crime Resources Listed in This Section:

Google Custom Search

[The above custom search box also serves here as an example of a tool (Google Custom Search) that can be used to improve efficiency in searching one's own collection of "vetted" sites.]
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Public Health & Human Conditions

 

Public Health
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– Travelers’ Health
World Wide Web Virtual Library for Epidemiology
GlobalHealth – Office of International and Refugee Health
World Health News

Human Conditions - Human Rights
Amnesty International
United Nations  - Human Rights
Human Rights Watch
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflicts

Human Conditions - Hunger, Famine, Poverty
Oxfam International
Poverty Reduction & Equity
Famine Early Warnings Network
Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN
USAID Food for Peace Program
ReliefWeb
Reuters AlertNet

Human Conditions - Disaster Relief
The Disaster Center

Human Conditions - Population
Population Resource Center
                  

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Water  and Energy

Water

The Water Page (Incorporating the African Water Page)
WaterWeb
UNESCO Water Portal (International Hydrological Programme)
Waternet
International Water Law Policy
 

 

Energy

Resource Guides and Portals
Energy Central

Energy- News
Energy Review.com

Energy -  Agencies / Organizations
International Atomic Energy Agency
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
European Environment Agency
Energy Information Administration - US Department of Energy




Reminder: These are "selected" sites, identifying some major and/or representative sites for each topic. 
This collection is not meant to be exhaustive in any way.


Russia and Asia 

Russia

Russia - General
Russian and East European Network Information Center - Russia
World Wide Web Virtual Library-Russia and East Europe
Embassy of the Russian Federation (Washington, DC)

Russia – News
Washington Post - Russia
ITAR-TASS
Russian American Nuclear Security Advisory Council
PIR - Center for Policy Studies in Russia
Integrum World Wide

Asia
Asia – General
World Wide Web Virtual Library-Asia-Pacific
Asian Sources - ... Asian Sources [GA Tech]
Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library
EurasiaNet
Asian Development Bank

Asia – News
Asia Times Online
Times of Central Asia

Asia - Research, Studies, and Issues
National Bureau of Asian Research
U.N. Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Asian Development Bank
South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation

China
Background and General
World Wide Web Virtual Library-Internet Guide for China Studies
ChinaSite.com

China - News

xinhuanet
  (English version – China View )
South China Morning Post
CHINAdaily.com
CHINAGATE.com
Washington Post - China

China - Research, Studies, and Issues
Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development
Human Rights In China
China’s Human Rights
Federation of American Scientists: China Nuclear Forces Guide

Japan
JGUIDE
Japan Times Online

Indonesia
WWW Virtual Library – Indonesia
Indonesian Internet Sites (National Library of Australia)

North Korea
General
World Wide Web Virtual Library-North Korea
DPRK – North Korea
MOU - Ministry of Unification

North Korea – News
Korean News

North Korea – Research, Studies, Issues, Etc.
The Center for Korean Studies
North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP)

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For research on these countries and regions, also see:

General:
Countries on the Internet

Search Engines:
Google      Yahoo    

Countries and Country Studies
Library of Congress - Country Studies
CIA World Factbook      BBC Country Profiles

Discussion Groups, etc.
Google Groups   BoardReader    Omgili

Cultures
Country Insights

 


Southeast Asia
General
Southeast Asia Terrorism Portal

India -General
Government of India Directory of Official Websites

India - News
Times of India
Kashmir News
Washington Post - World - South Asia - India

India - Research, Studies, and Issues
South Asia Analysis Group
Nuclear Issues in India & Pakistan: Selected Internet Resources


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The Balkans and the Caucasus

Balkans & Caucasus - General

Balkananalysis.com
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Center for Peace in the Balkans
EINnews – Balkans Breaking News
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library – Caucasus

Central Asia - Caucasus Institute – Analyst

Georgia
Georgia - Selected Internet Resources


Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania

See the individual country sections of: 
Russia and East European Network Information Center (REENIC)
and 
EIN News

For research on The Balkans and the Caucasus, also see:

General:
Countries on the Internet


Search Engines:

Google      Yahoo 

Countries and Country Studies
Library of Congress - Country Studies
CIA World Factbook      BBC Country Profiles

Discussion Groups, etc.
Google Groups   BoardReader    Omgili

Cultures
Country Insights

 


Middle East, Africa, and Latin America

Middle East
Middle East Studies Internet Resources
SURF-AS
MEMRI - Middle East Media Research Institute

Middle East – News
Middle East Times
Middle East Daily
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin

Statistics
Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC)

Country-Specific Sites

Iraq
Iraq -General
Middle East and Islamic Studies -Iraq
Iraq.net

Iraq - Political Parties.
Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iraq

Iran
Iran Watch
Iran Virtual Library: Social, Political and Economic Studies
Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran - News
Iran Press Service
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (English)
Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran - Research, Studies, Issues, Etc.
Human Rights in Iran

Afghanistan
Afghanistan News Center
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

Pakistan
General
World Wide Web Virtual Library - Pakistan
Pakistan.gov - The Official Web Gateway to the Government of Pakistan

Pakistan - News
Dawn Daily Newspaper
Washington Post - World - Asia - SouthAsia - Pakistan

Pakistan - Research, Studies, and Issues
India-Pakistan Nuclear Central
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan

Israel
Jewish Virtual Library – Israel
Center for Special Studies – Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center
International Institute for Counterterrorism

Palestine
Palestinian Refugee Research Net
 

Egypt
The Country and People of Egypt

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Information Resource

Syria
Syria Daily
The Country and People of Syria

Turkey
Hurriyet Daily News Online

 

Africa

General
African Studies Internet Resources
Africa Daily
Africa Intelligence
Afrika.no
allAfrica.com
Mbendi

Africa --  Country-Specific or Region-Specific Sites
Libya: Our Home
Sudan.Net  
(Also see individual sections of Africa Intelligence)
  .

Latin America

Latin America - General

Latin American Network Information Center
The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources - Latin America
Crowder's Black Book - Spanish Glossary (fee-based)

Latin America - News
Latin America: Current Events & News
Agencia Informativa Púlsar
Mario's Cyberstation - SOUTHCOM News

Latin America - Research
Handbook of Latin American Studies

Latin America - Drugs
The Narco News Bulletin


For research on these countries and regions, also see:

General:
Countries on the Internet

Search Engines:
Google      Yahoo   

Countries and Country Studies
Library of Congress - Country Studies
CIA World Factbook      BBC Country Profiles

Discussion Groups, etc.
Google Groups   BoardReader    Omgili

Cultures
Country Insights

 

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The collection of links on this page is certainly not meant to be "exhaustive".
The links are selected resources covered in OSINT-related seminars and workshops presented by Online Strategies.

 

COURSES

Online Strategies designs and presents workshops on using the Internet effectively.  We have designed courses for a variety of US and other governments' agencies and ministries, and for companies, associations, NGO's, libraries, and schools.  Online Strategies courses have been presented to thousands of attendees, representing over forty nationalities, in thirteen countries. For further information, please contact Ran Hock at the contact points below.

Online Strategies
"Training for Effective Web Research"
1070 Foxcroft Run
Annapolis, MD 21401 USA
If calling from within the U.S -   855-244-0400
If calling from outside the U.S. - 001.410.224.0400
email:ran@onstrat.com