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OSINT is defined by both the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), as "produced from publicly available information that is collected, exploited, and disseminated in a timely manner to an appropriate audience for the purpose of addressing a specific intelligence requirement."

OSINT is routinely used by the FBI, CIA, and other government intelligence for counter terrorism, human trafficking investigations, and other complex investigations.

One of the main differences from our competitors is the fact that we use Open Source Intelligence techniques to collect data.  Open source intelligence or OSINT is basically defined as data collected from publicly available sources.  Now, we realize that this dosen't sound very hard.  Most people would turn to google for this type of thing.  Surprisingly enough, a huge portion of the internet (over 99 percent, according to Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google) cannot be found in major search engines.  This part of the internet is called the "deep web."  There is a treasure trove of information under the surface if you know how to access it.  We literally use hundreds of different tools and methods to find, authenticate, and collect this data to be used in our reports. Many other companies that offer skip tracing searches rely on a simple "professional database" to get credit type information when locating people.  Often these databases are outdated or inaccurate.  Sometimes the target provides false information.  We also have these databases, not one, but many, and supplement them with OSINT data to get the most accurate reports in the industry.  This is why we can often find people who have eluded as many as 10 prior companies and their skip-tracing efforts.  When you are ready to get serious about the location of defendants, witnesses, agents or others, please give us a call.

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OSINT analysis can be useful for:

  • Locating Persons where little information is known

  • Find Images of a subject for service, or restraining order documents

  • Locate employees of a business

  • Identify Known associates

  • Identify Potential witnesses of an event

  • Identify Business associations

  • Social Media Investigations

  • Threat level analysis

To read more about how OSINT is helpful read our blog article:

Real Life Examples - OSINT in civil litigation #1 - Running from the truth

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