Expanding Skype Forensics With OSINT: IP Addresses

In the first part of this series we covered how to extract email accounts from SQLite databases and pull additional information from FullContact.com to find social media accounts or other online profiles that are associated with those email addresses. In this post we will apply much the same technique except we are going to be interested in […]

Mapping Where Sex Offenders Can Live

This has been adapted from a unit in my OSINT course. Head to Wikimapia and the Google API Console to get the prerequisite keys that you need to run the code from this post. You can download the source for this post here. Recently I was listening to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast titled, “Making […]

Geocoding and Automated Measurements

If you recall our earlier work on the Winnipeg serial killer, I taught you how to take manual measurements between locations on a Google Map. Now we are going to spruce this up a bit and learn how to use geocoding to translate street names to latitude/longitude and then measure distances between these points automatically. […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 2: Wikimapia

Welcome back! To continue our photo retrieval magic, we are going to now incorporate Wikimapia photos. If you remember our first posts on Panoramio, the goal is to automate as much photo retrieval as we can in order to speed up the process of geolocating photographs. Much like Panoramio, Wikimapia allows people to upload photographs […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1 Continued: Panoramio

  Ok we’re back. After a bit of feedback from readers on the first post and some investigation on my end, we have discovered the following: Panoramio API does not report the correct number of results as an API result. So your script might say that it found 200 images but only retrieve 150 for […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1: Panoramio

When geolocating a photograph part of the effort involves looking at photos from various websites (Flickr, Panoramio, Wikimapia) that may lie within the area of interest. We are going to use a previous Bellingcat post (Geolocating Tunisian Jihadists in Raqqah) as a starting point for beginning to automate photo retrieval. Over the course of a […]

Winnipeg Serial Killer – Taking Measurements with Google Maps

One of the more useful features of Google Maps is its built-in tool that lets you measure the distance between two or more points on a map. This is extremely useful when you want to perform a geographic search using the Twitter API for example, so that you can set an appropriately sized search radius. […]