In this article I will describe some of the cool things you can do with Google search to assist in your Open Source Intelligence activities.
We all pretty much use Google at some point to search for that go to article, or how to guide, but what about actionable intelligence - or a spreadsheet which has been left in the open by mistake? Can Google help us dig up that document so we can use it for intelligence refinement and analysis?
This is where Google Hacking / Dorking comes into play.
I was fortuitous enough to participate in the TraceLabs Missing Persons CTF in October, along with a lot of other people across Australia in finding information which may help in identifying the status of registered missing persons. Myself along with my team come from a diverse background where some of us have some OSINT experience (from a penetration testing background) and some of us knew less or more from other perspectives - we are a diverse team.
The lead up to this activity did not involve a huge amount of planning for our team (we had a great deal of work to contend with outside of this CTF), and we really only setup our OSINT machines the evening before, but the most important aspect of what we were trying to achieve (finding indicators for missing people) was in our tactics and methods to locate actionable data for the missing people involved.
For sensitivity, I will not be discussing specifics of each case, suffice to say - some cases were much, much harder than others. However, all of which were very challenging!