Open Source Intelligence (OSInt) - the Recovery and Analysis of Data from Overt Sources

The internet knows everything that is known about our past, our present and, some believe, our future, or so it is said. The difficulty is separating the required information from the noise. This is where Open Source Intelligence comes in, using focused searches that often approach data repositories by unconventional methods and accessing data sources that are only visible in the so-called 'Dark Net', whereby it is possible to find information that is not generally available. The defendant in a fraud case gave evidence that she had no resources to repay the injured party. By carrying out an OSInt investigation, I was able to identify a villa in Portugal, valued at EUR 300,000, that was owned by the defendant. My client was paid in full.