Operating daily within the field of OSINT activities, we often encounter the difficulty of making possible customers understand what the potential and usefulness of this type of activity might be. Another problem is making the customer understand what the difficulties and limitations of this type of activity could be, where years of television series have accustomed us to seeing the geek operatives of CSI, NCIS, etc… retrieving any information about a person with a just click.
We could face two differente situations:
- the target is too active on the web: analists should be submerged by data and find really interesting data could be very hard.
- the target is savvy enough about privacy stuffs to not leave data behind.
We could indeed find ourselves in two extreme situations:
- in the first, the target is too active in the web, analysts will therefore find themselves overwhelmed by an excess of information in which it is almost impossible to identify specific facts of real utility;
- in the second, the target is a subject that is particularly attentive to their privacy and analysts will find themselves in the situation of not being able to identify any type of information on the net.
In this context, Carola Rackete, Sea-Watch 3 commander, represents an interesting case history: in the media it was reported that it was impossible to find evidence confirming the details of the curriculum she published on LinkedIn (1). Indeed, the complete absence of any such evidence was alleged, given that Carola doesn’t have any social media profile apart from LinkedIn.
So we decided to perform a simulation aimed to verify what an OSINT research can lead starting from information about Carola freely available on-line.
So, we decided to perform a simulation aimed at verifying the results that OSINT research can achieve starting from information about Carola that was freely available on-line.
Premise: each piece of information, document and image presented in this post is freely available on-line and can be consulted by anyone based on the privacy setting of the owners.