OSINT – Part 2

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.

OSINT includes all publicly accessible sources of information, such as:
– Media
– Web-based communities and user-generated content
– Observation and reporting
– Professional and academic (including grey literature)
– Deep Web – Information hidden from the Surface web currently estimated to represent the majority of content on the Web

OSINT is distinguished from research in that it applies the process of intelligence to create tailored knowledge supportive of a specific decision by a specific individual or group.

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