How To Extract a Facebook Friends List

Posted on December 21st, 2014

I was recently presented a Facebook scenario without any obvious solution. Assume that you find the Facebook profile of your target, and there is a large list of “Friends”. You want to document this list, and a screenshot in PDF format is not good enough. You want to capture the hyperlinks to each account and […]

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Filtering (Private & Public) Common Friends on Facebook

Posted on May 13th, 2018

In my previous career, I relied heavily on the ability to filter a friends list only to those in common with at least two suspects. I could provide two Facebook user names, and receive a list of all friends that they each had in common. If I had a burglary spree and I knew two […]

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Facebook Private Friends Discovery

Posted on September 27th, 2016

Over the years, it has been a roller-coaster ride with various Facebook search techniques. For a long time, we could view the friends of any Facebook user, regardless of the friend privacy setting. Facebook eventually fixed this, and we moved on to other methods. Until recently, you could use the Facebook ID number of two […]

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Facebook Cell Search Update

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Over the years, there have been several ways to search a cellular telephone number within Facebook. The password reset and bulk contact methods that I teach in my Live and Online training courses still apply, but the ability to search a number within the search field of any Facebook page has not been reliable for […]

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Archiving Websites (Including Facebook)

Posted on May 10th, 2015

A user on my OSINT Forums recently asked a question about the ways to save a Facebook profile for offline access. I have always used PDF capture tools such as Fireshot. However, these tools can often fail on large profiles on Facebook or Twitter. User BigGer brought up something that I had never considered. He […]

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Facebook Search & Investigative Tips

Posted on March 4th, 2011

The most common investigative request I receive is for information about Facebook. With over 500 million active users, it seems that everyone now has an account. Let’s look at the options. If you have a name, searching Facebook is quite easy. Unfortunately, you must be logged in to a Facebook account to search and view […]

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Privacy and OSINT lessons from the IronMarch Leak

Posted on November 18th, 2019

Last week, an unknown “hacker” released a copy of a user database from the IronMarch forum, which was an online neo-nazi meeting place until it was shut down. An archive of the public site can be found at https://web.archive.org/web/20170509142136/http://ironmarch.org/. The dumped data includes a full copy of all content, including details such as emails, IP […]

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The Privacy, Security, & OSINT Show – Episode 109

Posted on January 25th, 2019

EPISODE 109: Privacy News & Buscador 2.0 Release This week I talk about the latest privacy news and David Westcott joins me to announce the official release of the free Buscador OSINT Virtual Machine. Listen to all episodes at https://inteltechniques.com/podcast.html or Subscribe at: RSS / iTunes / Google / Stitcher  / Spotify SHOW NOTES: SPONSORS: […]

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OFFENSE/DEFENSE: Gift Registries

Posted on September 19th, 2017

“OFFENSE/DEFENSE” is a recurring series of posts about online investigative techniques (Offense) and ways that we can protect ourselves from these invasions (Defense). OFFENSE: Gift Registries Decades ago, people were surprised at the gifts presented to them after a wedding or birth. Today, we create online registries identifying the exact products desired, and within moments […]

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New Internet Search (OSINT) Resources

Posted on June 5th, 2017

Below are multiple new resources that have been added to my OSINT Links Page and my Online Video Training: IntelTechniques Facebook Tool Updates: Added “Common Friends” option Added “Video Download” option Added “Video API” option IntelTechniques Twitter Tool Updates: Added “Yearly Tweets To…” option Added option to isolate Tweets only from one user to another […]

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