This post originally came from a reply that I made to a question that was asked on the r/tor subreddit.
So, you want to run the tor service on in Linux but not just with the Tor Browser. Let’s assume that you’re running a Debian-based Linux distro.
sudo apt update && sudo apt install tor torsocks sudo systemctl enable –now tor This will install the tor service and run it as a server as the “tor” user.
I’m not a David Bowie fan, but in the song Space Oddity, there’s this amazing line:
This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare
Sandwiched between congratuations to Major Tom and telling him that he has to progress to the next step of his mission, we find out what actually matters to the press (and the regular people): “And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear”.
A few months ago, I wanted to try to practice my OSINT skills by looking up missing people by checking out the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website. One of the people that I was checking on was a 14 year old girl who had been missing for about a week.
I started by looking her up on Facebook and found 2-3 Facebook and Instagram accounts a piece. Nothing of them showed much activity.
The 2020 OSINT Handbook published by i-intelligence is the latest edition that is currently on their website. i-intelligence is a training and intelligence advisory firm.
The 2020 OSINT Handbook is a 509-page list of web links in PDF format. If you were expecting anything more, then you would be mistaken. It covers topics including social media, message boards, people search sites, and government and real estate sites.
Are these links useful?
I want to get back into OSINT now that I’ve had a chance to step away for a while and gather my thoughts a bit. I guess I should start by saying that I’ve never worked in OSINT. What I did do is read and dabble in OSINT and I also took a couple of courses and then worked through about 50% of another (very long) course before stopping. Before I talk about how I’m going to get back into it, I should talk about why I stopped.
The Magic of Recluse is a 1991 Epic Fantasy novel by L.E. Modesitt Jr. It was recently for sale as a Humble Bundle. I picked up the bundle because I recognized the author’s name, but I hadn’t read any of his works.
The Magic of Recluse centers around the story of Lerris from the land of Recluse who is often bored with the demanding perfectionism of his land. Every craft and trade must live up to the level of “perfection”.
Yesterday I was watching old episodes of the Computer Chronicles and those early episodes had a lot
more levity during the roundtable discussions and it was a lot more
business focused compared to the later seasons that were almost
completely focused to personal computing.
My guess is that sometime during the late 80’s the found of that
viewers didn't really care some much about what was happening in the
board rooms and labs of the high-tech industry and cared more about what
they could actually buy and use on their own.
I also watched the Gary Killdall special of the Computer Chronicles.
That was really very well done and he seemed like a genuinely awesome
person. RIP Gary.
As one of my favorite philosophers like to say, let’s begin by defining our terms?
What is Seamonkey? From Wikipedia:
SeaMonkey is a free and open-source Internet suite. It is the continuation of the former Mozilla Application Suite, based on the same source code, which itself grew out of Netscape Communicator and formed the base of Netscape 6 and Netscape 7.
SeaMonkey was created in 2005 after the Mozilla Foundation decided to focus on the standalone projects Firefox and Thunderbird.
Geoguessr is an online geography game. That may sound like the most boring thing you’ve ever hear but it’s actually very interesting if you’re a newbie in OSINT. A big part of OSINT is GEOSINT, that is, being able to look at a photo a understanding where it was taken using different techniques.
Geoguesser drops you into a Google street view session but without any of Google’s normal map aids such as links, bookmarks, etc and you have a time limit to find yourself on their map.
Hmmm, it’s been a while. I started a new job. It’s DevOps, not OSINT, but I am in a better place in my life.
I want to do more learning and more writing. I know a lot about things that OSINT courses never touch upon. Too many times they only focus on the mainstream because it’s easiest. I think I can help people learn about the parts of the internet that are not well known or understood.