OSINT Tool Tuesday - Pivoting, Google Search, APIs
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OSINT Tool Tuesday - Pivoting, Google Search, APIs

OSINT Tool Tuesday - Pivoting, Google Search, APIs

Another week, another set of OSINT tools. This week we'll be looking at tools for OSINT investigations using pivoting, automating Google search, and testing APIs. The goal is to expand your mindset on what's possible using tools, increase your efficiency, and amplify your outcomes. Let's get started.

Mitaka

The first OSINT tool is a browser extension called Mitaka available on Google Chrome and Firefox. It's designed with threat intelligence in mind, but it can be used with a variety of applications. Mitaka essentially takes a datapoint on page and pivots it to another source to find additional information. Here's a list of the inputs that Mitaka will recognize on page:

NameDesc.E.g.
asnASNAS13335
btcBTC address1A1zP1eP5QGefi2DMPTfTL5SLmv7DivfNa
cveCVE numberCVE-2018-11776
domainDomain namegithub.com
emailEmail addresstest@test.com
ethEthereum address0x32be343b94f860124dc4fee278fdcbd38c102d88
gaPubIDGoogle Adsense Publisher IDpub-9383614236930773
gaTrackIDGoogle Analytics Tracker IDUA-67609351-1
hashMD5, SHA1, SHA25644d88612fea8a8f36de82e1278abb02f
ipIPv4 address8.8.8.8
urlURLhttps://github.com

So if you find an email address on a webpage, simply highlight and right click and reverse search with Mitaka. This is a quick and easy way to expand your investigation beyond the initial scope.

Gif from the Mitaka Github Repo
ninoseki/mitaka
A browser extension for OSINT search. Contribute to ninoseki/mitaka development by creating an account on GitHub.

Sitedorks

The second OSINT tool is a Python script called Sitedorks from Zarcolio. This tool will automatically search across multiple search engines using a prebuilt list of queries. Simply download the script, enter your query, and watch your web browser populate with useful information across a variety of website categories.

Manually searching multiple queries on multiple search engines can be a tedious task. Sure, you can build a list of bookmarklets that open any search combination of your choosing; however, this requires active management of your bookmark list and can easily create a lot of noise. I prefer to have one script as the starting point for my investigation that doesn't occupy a lot of browser space. I'm already short on space as it is!

Another thing I like about Sitedorks is its level of customization. See the image below. With a few, straightforward commands, you can quickly and easily control exactly what you query and where you query it.

Example from the Sitedorks readme
Zarcolio/sitedorks
Search Google/Bing/Ecosia/DuckDuckGo/Yandex/Yahoo for a search term with a default set of websites, bug bounty programs or a custom collection. - Zarcolio/sitedorks

Postman

The third OSINT tool is Postman. I recently did a poll and 46% of OSINT professionals aren’t using/testing APIs in their workflow. Postman has streamlined my API testing/managing process and has allowed me to explore a wealth of data sources easily and efficiently.

I wasn't a power user of APIs until recently. I found that while most information can be obtained for free and is usually publicly available, the value of having data structured, searchable, and receiving that information instantly is a game changer. If you're building tools or want to integrate data into your workflow, learn how to manage and test APIs and learn how to use Postman.

If Postman isn't your favorite flavor, check out Insomnia or Paw.

Postman | The Collaboration Platform for API Development
Postman makes API development easy. Our platform offers the tools to simplify each step of the API building process and streamlines collaboration so you can create better APIs faster.

Remember OSINT != tools. Tools help you plan and collect data, but the end result of that tool is not OSINT. You have to analyze, receive feedback, refine, and produce a final, actionable product of value before you can call it intelligence.

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