Intelligence gathering through Internet and dark web

Duration: Half-day

Workshop Organizers:

Lu Liming, Singapore Institute of Technology

Peter Loh Kok Keong, Singapore Institute of Technology

Vivek Balachandran, Singapore Institute of Technology

Wang Zhengkui, Singapore Institute of Technology

Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium


Lu Liming, Singapore Institute of Technology

Jacob Abraham, Singapore Institute of Technology

Selvakulasingam Thiruneepan, Singapore Institute of Technology

James Ng Hian, Singapore Institute of Technology

Feixiang He, Group-IB


Open-Source INTelligence (OSINT) is produced from publicly available information and is collected, exploited, and disseminated in a timely manner to an appropriate audience for the purpose of addressing a specific intelligence requirement, as defined in the U.S. Public Law. For example, online searching through websites or social media to profile an organization or a person of interest is a form of OSINT gathering.

Cyber attackers collect OSINT for reconnaissance to develop weapons customized to the targeted victims. Cyber defenders can turn OSINT inward to identify vulnerabilities, or to investigate a cybercrime, such as to identify the point-of-entry of an attack.

This workshop covers the fundamentals of OSINT. It introduces several tools for OSINT gathering, from manual searching to integrative tools, to deep web searching. It is tuned towards a hands-on practice approach.

The workshop’s outline is as follows:

0. Overview

1. Open-source intelligence gathering on the Internet

2. Graphical intelligence exploration tool

3. Tor browsing and intelligence gathering from the dark web

The workshop will be concluded with a sharing from a threat intelligence hunter in the industry.