When it comes to legally gather information from any public resources, then OSINT is the term you might have heard.
For what OSINT stands for?
As defines it is a method of collecting and scrutinizing data that is publicly available for intelligence meet, so the term OSINT denotes Open-source intelligence where open-source indicates as open-source because the information is available for public use widely, if any specialized tools and techniques are required to access the information then it should not be considered as open source. Any information can be considered as open-source if it is available to the public with any subscription and it must be accordingly the same for everyone. Media resources are traditionally also considered open-source resources. Open-source intelligence can also comprehend deep web websites (maybe some resources or achieved data), or darknet resources.
Benefits of OSINT
Appertaining to the benefits of OSINT there are numerous benefits from open source anyone can access. OSINT is very low-priced when you compare it with other methods or technologies of gathering open-source intelligence. When your organization has a low budget then you can easily use OSINT without investing a lot in some specialized techniques or tools. With the help of OSINT, you can access information related to any context anytime and these open-source pieces of information are consistently updated from time to time. The techniques of OSINT can provide your organization the open-source information needed to access any type of cyber risks. OSINT can come up with all the open-source content because it covers all the layers of the web considering dark web, deep web, or darknet resources.
With OSINT tools any organization can locate any system vulnerabilities leading to data breaching of any credential information, threats in the system, any changes done in software by the hackers to exploit it.
Concluding all these factors we can say that if a substantial percentage of data is openly available then any business and organization can inflate their enterprise.
OSINT & Cybersecurity
In spite of using OSINT for information gathering, there are numerous cybersecurity benefits of OSINT for the security of an online business or organization. Many cybersecurity firms and experts are using OSINT tools for artificial intelligence features to find out any type of cyberattacks such as data breaching and phishing attacks. Cybersecurity professionals use OSINT search techniques to evaluate threats and vulnerabilities in the system. OSINT tools such as Shodan, Censys, Maltego, etc are used to find out sensitive information and data that can help hackers compromise your security and take over your network control. Many organizations use OSINT services to improve and enhance their security and to prevent future threats.
The main function OSINT can provide is that besides going for a penetration testing procedure it can easily find out what type of data or information can be publicly found or exploited. For business enterprises, it helps you in a very systematic way to find out what data or information is being exposed to hackers or cyber attackers and hide it or remove it before any data breaching occurs.
How OSINT is used by hackers for security threats?
As the open-source intelligence platform is beneficial for various organizations to gather information from published resources. On the bad side, OSINT is one of the most powerful assets used by cyber attackers for social engineering and phishing attacks to gather information that can vary from descriptive data or some credential information.
OSINT techniques can help cyber attackers find out where they can easily do targeted attacks. With the help of open-source frameworks, tools, and techniques which include Google Dorking, information exposed on the Dark Web hackers can easily accomplish their target. Hackers can easily find out all the loopholes where they can use the gained information and access the crucial data of your company.
How hackers use OSINT for Social Engineering and Phishing attacks?
OSINT (open-source intelligence) is rapidly becoming a strategy for hackers to target various organizations and companies for social engineering and phishing attacks. There are various open-source channels used by cyber attackers to obtain the data.
Hackers can use information like an organization’s email & mobile numbers for various social engineering elements or vectors such as phishing emails or smishing to target an organization and its employees. The main goal of a Social Engineering or Phishing attack is to obtain the credential information of an organization which can be used easily to gain control of the network or application.
How TridentSec cybersecurity services help you with OSINT?
To provide the most efficient cybersecurity services Tridentsec is using the most potent tools of OSINT to find out information about your organization or company, any confidential data that can be exploited when any type of threat occurs. Our main aim is to find out the information and save it before any hacker can use it unauthentically.
Tridentsec cybersecurity experts are using varieties of highly effective and powerful open-source intelligence tools and frameworks that have their different and unique purposes for gathering sensitive and useful data. Some of the tools used but not limited to by Tridentsec are Maryam, Spiderfoot, Shodan, Maltego, etc.
Tridentsec cybersecurity experts also use Google Dorks or Google Hacking to find any sensitive information or data or information that are exposed to the internet but is not easily available can be found with the advanced search query techniques of google dorks. Google Dorks are the specific search filters and keywords that are used to get accurate results from the Google database.