This book. Well, it started out as a manual, or rather a brain dump of my process. I’ve spent the
last year or so examining how I collect Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and tag it. Pretty
simple right? Not so much. What I found over that year was that I continually added new tags
to the artifacts, or I was creating new tags because they didn’t exist within the database I use for
storing this information. I use the Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP) exclusively for
my work. MISP is open, expandable, and can be queried by other apps using several different
methods. Most of all, it’s free.
Anyways, I started with this brain dump of my process for recording OSINT. The work initially
started out just for me. I haven’t documented any of my methods, thoughts, what have you in
quite some time. I was due for this knowledge transfer. However, as I began writing, I found
that a manual wasn’t going to cut it. The next thing I know, I’m writing a book, and thirty daysish later, the first draft was completed. Truthfully, it’s an awful book, and I apologize to anyone
who attempts to read it. Yet, as I look back over the body of knowledge, I see that I’ve at least
created a good foundation for future volumes. Opportunities for expansion and clarification.
Who knows, maybe someone will find what’s in this book useful.
The book itself is explicitly written for cyber intelligence analysts. Still, anyone who performs
intelligence as a discipline can deconstruct what’s here and apply it to any intelligence domain.
I’m also assuming the reader, at a minimum, has access to the Internet and can look up the tools
used within the book. I’ve tried my best to add references to the right level of detail and
completeness. I do believe in citing sources. Well, I’ve been beaten into always citing sources
through my academic career as a student. So, what exactly is in this book? Part 1 of this book
goes over the way I collect and store OSINT into MISP. Part 2 goes over some higher-order
analysis that can be applied to the data.
I’ve placed the book under the GNU Free Documentation License. I’ve learned a lot from the
open community and feel that this particular contribution belongs to the community. Those who
take part in the open community, per se, made me. I’ve had to put a lot of work into myself to
get to this point of knowledge in my own life, but I would not have gotten to this point if others
hadn’t laid the foundation before me. I’m sure folks will argue with the premises and processes
I’ve laid out in this book, and that’s totally cool with me. Hell, the one thing I know from my
current Ph.D. program at university is to be prepared for the beating. This book is in no way a
stone tablet or bible that must be adhered to as gospel truth.