October 17, 2023
Trace Labs will be live at Wild West Hackin Fest! I All the details are outlined below along with resources to get you started. Alex will be there for the entire con in a Trace Labs shirt so hit him up with any questions or if you need to settle any scores.
Date: October 20th, 2023
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm local time
Attendance Required: Yes. Alex will have the registration code
Our Search Party CTFs are non-theoretical CTFs where the "flags" correspond to real pieces of intelligence concerning real missing persons cases. Teams of up to 4 people (or solo is fine to) will be sketching out the online footprint of a real missing person case. Intel is submitted via our CTF platform (linked in the summary above) and vetted in real time by volunteer judges behind the scenes. The process has been gamified to provide structure to the collection process and to reward teams for finding more and more pieces of intelligence. The points don't really matter though, they're just a by product of the process. The end result will be a summarized report for the law enforcement agency handling the case. Ideally, the information we find is useful in their investigation.
The CTF has very strict rules of engagement. We are passively collecting information with no direct interaction with anyone. We recommend you read our Contestant Guide for a more complete overview of the competition and its rules.
We’re excited to see you all live! Alex will be live at the conference handing out registration codes for anyone interested. Once you have your code in hand it's as simple as getting on https://searchparty.tracelabs.org/register to get set up on the platform.
Please see our training playlist for more information about the CTF platform and how it works:
Before the event, you'll need to watch our recorded Contestant Briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYdQIiMzRlI
Set up and test your sock puppet accounts on major social media platforms. Alex will be on site to answer any questions as well. He'll be swagged out so shouldn't be hard to miss.
No. You can compete solo or on a team of up to 4 people.
Yes. We've put such strict "rules of engagement" in place in order to keep everyone involved safe. We strongly encourage everyone to create alternate social media accounts (sock puppet accounts) ahead of the event. As long as you have sock puppet accounts set up and abide by our "passive reconnaissance only" rules this is a very safe activity to engage in.
YES!!!!! The greatest part about OSINT is all you need is curiosity, problem solving skills and a novel way of looking at the world around you. If you have these things and you follow the rules, this can be your first step in to the wide world of intelligence collection and analysis.
New to OSINT? Where to begin?
Trace Labs Discord: https://tracelabs.org/discord
Trace Labs Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TraceLabsVideos
A free course on People OSINT from Joe Gray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EePeB9A2ZAk
Google: Seriously. Just type “OSINT” into your search engine and see what pops up. Other helpful search terms could include: “SOCMINT”, “Sock Puppet Account”, “People OSINT” and “Open Source Intelligence”
Github “Awesome OSINT” repo: https://github.com/jivoi/awesome-osint
OSINT resources from _OhShint: https://ohshint.gitbook.io/oh-shint-its-a-blog/
OSINT resources from Belouve: https://github.com/belouve/osint-resource