Best Books on Open Source Intelligence

Everybody knows that open source intelligence (OSINT) is the intelligence you find in open sources. The OSINT guide list has a collection of books that cover topics of OSINT, such as how to do OSINT, what is OSINT, legal and ethical issues related to OSINT, and frameworks for collecting and analyzing OSINT.

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a relatively new term in many people’s vocabularies. A lot of things have been written about it, but the field is growing very rapidly, and the amount of readily available material is ever increasing. I have compiled an incomplete list of OSINT-related books that I strongly recommend reading. Some provide a general overview of the topic, while others delve deeply into certain aspects.

Michael Bazzell

(You?)|2021|4.28Completely rewritten 8th edition (2021) contains over 650 pages throughout 31 chapters! It is time to look at OSINT in a different way. For many years, and within the previous editions of this book, we have relied on external resources to supply our search tools, virtual environments, and investigation techniques. We have seen this protocol fail us when services shut down, websites disappear, and custom resources are dismantled due to outside pressures. This book aims to correct our dilemma. We will take control of our investigative resources and become self-reliant.There will be no more need for online search tools; we will make and host our own locally. We will no longer seek pre-built virtual machines; we will create and configure our own. This book puts the power back in your hands. The new OSINT professional must be self-sustaining and possess their own tools and resources. You will become a more proficient subject matter expert who will be armed with the knowledge and readiness to articulate the sources of your findings. This new eighth edition contains hundreds of pages which have been updated to keep your OSINT investigative methods fresh. It includes new online and offline search tools; a new Linux OSINT virtual machine; and tutorials to replicate all Linux OSINT tools within Mac and Windows operating systems. Brand-new search methods for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and others ensure you have the latest techniques within your online investigation arsenal. An entire section is devoted to Methodology, Workflow, Documentation, and Ethics which provides a clear game plan for your next active investigation. All digital files are included via download.

Investigating Cryptocurrencies by Nick Furneaux – written for LE investigators or those in similar roles in the private sector, this book will teach you plenty of what you need to know about blockchain technologies and investigating digital assets. Ample examples and links, coupled with some great advice on how to trace movements of funds on what many people call Finance 2.0 decentralized networks.

Linux for Beginners
A step-by-step guide to learn architecture, installation, configuration, basic functions, command line and all the essentials of Linux, including manipulating and editing files

Julian James McKinnon

(You?)|2020|4.24Would You like To Master The Linux Operating System but you don’t know where to start?
Linux is an operating system, which is pretty much different from any other one.
Linux is a free and open-source Operating System, based on UNIX and PSOIX codes
In short, it is free to download, and free to use, and was originally based on the paradigm of Intel x86.
Linux gets to be tailored to any system where it’s being used for—compared to other operating systems that work best on a certain kind of device alone.
Open-source so happens because of the so-called open-source software collaboration that can support various kinds of libraries and directories.
Advantages of Using Linux:
Free to use
Open Source. Anyone capable of coding can contribute, modify, enhance, and distribute the code to anyone and for any purpose
Security. Linux is more secure in comparison to other operating systems such as Windows
Revive older Computer. Linux helps you to use or utilize your old and outdated computer systems
Software Updates. The software updates are much faster and easy to run than updates in any other operating system
Customization. You can customize any feature, add or delete any element according to your need as it is an open-source operating system
Distributions. There are many distributions available that can provide various choices or flavors to the users. Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, Linux Mint, and many more
Community Support. There are a lot of dedicated programmers there to help you out whenever and wherever possible
Stability. Linux system rarely slows down or freezes, and you don’t need to reboot your system after installing or uninstalling an application or updating your software
Performance. Linux provides high performance on various networks and workstations
Privacy. Linux ensures the privacy of the user’s data as it never collects much data from the user
And many more!
Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn:
How to get started with Linux
The Architecture of Linux
Installation
Linux Distributions, what they are and how to use them
The most common basic Linux commands
Manipulating Files and Directories
Advanced Working with Files
Overview of Processes
The Linux Processes
and much more!
By the end of the book, you will have learned all the important and fundamental concepts of Linux and you will be able to use Linux effectively.
Are You Ready to become a Linux user and take all the advantages that Linux has to offer?

OSINT for the Staffing World! by Dean Da Costa – last and the least, I was not sure whether to include this in the recommendations due to the book’s poor formatting and evident lack of proof reading. Still, it contains useful lists of tools and links to OSINT resources. It is primarily aimed at recruiters, but can be helpful to people sourcing information just about anywhere.

Cybersecurity Blue Team Toolkit by Nadean H Tanner – a reference manual that contains instructions on fundamental open source and free tools such as ping, tracert, PuTTY, pathping and more. One important caveat – while a lot of the material is very relevant and solid, some of the content in this book is already outdated and it badly needs an update.

Conclusion

Whether you’re an information security professional or a researcher looking to acquire knowledge in OSINT, this book is for you. Our open source intelligence books are meant to help you become an expert in the field by providing real-world scenarios and techniques collected from various studies and researches dedicated to open source intelligence.

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