Open Source Intelligence has played a pivotal role in key events like tracing Covid-19 origins, MH17 downing, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Myanmar refugee crisis. Approximately 500 million tweets are published every day, totaling over 200 billion posts in a year. Facebook users upload 350 million photos per day. YouTube users add nearly 720,000 hours of new video every day. Almost all devices are online today in the connected world.
While monitoring messages was exclusive to intelligence agencies, the tons of information available in the public realm today has made it possible for general and security enthusiasts to look for insights that might not have been possible earlier. The U.S. Department of State defines OSINT as "intelligence that is produced from publicly available information and is collected, exploited, and disseminated promptly to an appropriate audience to address a specific intelligence requirement."
Designed correctly, OSINT can reduce risk across a variety of common risks such as weather conditions, disease outbreaks, corporate risk management, data privacy, reputation management, in addition to higher-order tasks like national security and cybersecurity. Do not construe this as legal advice, promotion, or authorization to indulge in any activity whatsoever.
Use the open source, cloud APIs, or public libraries listed below in your application development based on your technology preferences, such as primary language. The below list also provides a view of the components' rating on different dimensions such as community support availability, security vulnerability, and overall quality, helping you make an informed choice for implementation and maintenance of your application. Please review the components carefully, having a no license alert or proprietary license, and use them appropriately in your applications. Please check the component page for the exact license of the component. You can also get information on the component's features, installation steps, top code snippets, and top community discussions on the component details page. The links to package managers are listed for download, where packages are readily available. Otherwise, build from the respective repositories for use in your application. You can also use the source code from the repositories in your applications based on the respective license types.