Some heroes don't wear capes, and if you wanted to get secret information from the best special agent in the world you would not need to become one — learning basic principles of open source intelligence will be enough. If the glory of Edward Snowden haunted you, and Mr. Robot is your hero, then this workshop is for you. We, like the super-top-secret-agents à-la "007", will shake all fields of computer security, computer science, and software engineering in the process of work to learn how to gather information on the Internet within well-established Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) approach.
This workshop for you, if you are interested in these topics:
How to find top-secret documents?
How to find the missing persons and try to assist Liza Alert team?
How to ask someone their pet's name and email address and not look suspicious?
How to get all the information about a person based only on a photo?
How to make an investigation better than the Bloomberg agency?
How to become ears and eyes of the world, from the coffee machines to the refrigerators?
How to find out who is this person who follows your couple on Instagram this whole year?
How to automate all these things and analyze the gathered information using machine learning algorithms?
How to provide anonymity and confidentiality for you and your team in this process?
Our task will be to answer all of these questions, and we will develop an analytical framework to search and analyze information from various sources. This framework will help us to find and link different events, people, places in one full image and will open for us new edges of modern Open Source Intelligence.
Besides all that, we will also learn new stuff related to the advanced methodology of intelligence and searching, together with taking a look at the security level of different modern appliances, like nuclear power plants, machine learning systems, different servers, and cloud platforms, fitness trackers, scales, refrigerators and many more things that you never think about in this perspective of view.
So, if you are interested in all of this, welcome on board!
Ph.D., associate professor at the Department of Computer Security in Tomsk State University, principal security developer at Bi.Zone
Candidate of physics and mathematics, Institute of Mathematics SB RAS, NSU