Layer8 2019

Trace Labs is partnered with the Layer8 Conference to provide an OSINT CTF for Missing Persons. Trace Labs is very excited to be part of this very special event as it is a conference specifically focussed on Social Engineering and Open Source Intelligence.


Pride Toronto & DEFCON Toronto 2019

Trace Labs is very excited to partner DEFCON Toronto in conjunction with Pride Toronto in 2019 to offer the second annual OSINT CTF for Missing Persons. Last year at this time, DEFCON Toronto was brave enough to partner with this unknown organization called Trace Labs and break new ground. The result of their willingness to open that door resulted in huge benefits to people around the world. DEFCON Toronto helped kick start Trace Labs in 2018 by having faith in our mission. A year later we are highly successful and helping hundreds of people. We are very pleased to return to where it all started and support DEFCON Toronto in 2019 through the same event which promises to be bigger than ever. If you live in the Toronto area, you don’t want to miss this event!

Details are still be worked for this event. Check back for exact dates, times and venue.

BSides Vancouver 2019

Trace Labs will be partnering with BSides  Vancouver to offer a full blown OSINT Village. This will include our OSINT CTF for Missing Persons as well as an assortment of amazing speakers (to be announced shortly).

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with this event as both judges and onsite event supporters.

Trace Labs Missing CTF: A Global OSINT CTF for Missing Persons

Trace Labs is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the family reunification of missing persons while training members in the trade craft of open source intelligence (OSINT).

Trace Labs has been extremely successful throughout 2018 in locating missing persons through OSINT CTFs at Information Security conferences. However we had numerous people approach us who wanted to participate but were not able to attend these conferences for numerous reasons.

In 2019 we are inviting you to participate in these new global events that are not associated with any particular conference but instead focused on global OSINT professionals coming together online in an effort to help bring loved ones home.

Prizes for this contest will include Hunchly licenses and virtual training from Intel Techniques for the person with the most flags.

The missing persons issue is getting worse and requires modern and scalable solutions at various levels to help mitigate risk to society. Trace Labs is an online, open source intelligence platform that scales on demand through crowd sourcing while providing full transparency of verified public information. This allows all missing persons to receive the attention that is needed early in the search process and for family and concerned friends to see progress. It also allows the police authorities to have access to a centralized and current database of verified information on lost persons.

Trace Labs focuses solely on the collection of publicly available, digital evidence. All data is confirmed public by referencing with a URL. This information is then provided directly to the respective authorities handling the case.

Trace Labs fills the gap in emergency response and provides a solution that scales. Unlike traditional efforts to find lost persons we are:

  • Virtual: While we meet at conferences and other events, most of work is virtual which allows us to operate with great flexibility.
  • Geographically Diverse: Our members exist everywhere and come from many different walks of life. We welcome you all.
  • We Never Close: Trace Labs is 24×7.
  • Scalable: Our efforts can be laser focused on a small town or immediately go global with international assistance.
  • Highly Skilled: Our rules are simple: public data only. We don’t need to know who you are just that the info you provide is legitimate. Therefore even those with very high privacy concerns can participate. This has allowed us to work with highly skilled and talented individuals.

The event will be comprised of 8 missing persons from different countries.

If you are not familiar with the Trace Labs CTF, the point system is documented here:


Seneca College 2019

On January 26, 2019 Trace Labs will be partnering with Seneca College in Toronto, Canada for our first event of 2019. The event will start at 10am time and finished at 4pm local time.

If you are a Seneca College student or in the area, this is a great way to get involved with Trace Labs and experience our OSINT CTF for Missing Persons.

Hackfest 2018

Hackfest is the largest hacking event in Canada and brings together more than 900 computer security enthusiasts. The event takes place over two days of technical conferences about security and hacking and is preceded by 3 days of training.

Both nights let participants measure their security and hacking skills in a unique CTF (Capture The Flag). The whole evening is accompanied by a lockpicking contest, DJ atmosphere, workshops, evening conferences, live podcast recording and more.