Archive for April, 2011

Where’s the WebCase 30-day demo?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

3In recent weeks, we’ve gotten a number of questions about why our 30-day demo is no longer available for download, and how investigators can get to know WebCase without it.

To answer the second part first: we found that our customers had a much better experience with WebCase when they used it after a walk-through. That’s why we take you through a one-hour webinar — you can either register for one of our monthly demos, or contact us to set up a time that is convenient for you and your team.

As for the software demo itself, we’ve recently made changes to WebCase that necessitated our retooling the demo. We don’t have a firm launch date, but we’ll let you know when we do.

Meanwhile, please do register for a webinar demo (be sure it’s a WebCase demo, though we’d love to see you for our Online Investigation Series too), and be sure to ask us if you have any further questions for us!

Twitter is officially now Creepy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Okay, this is a play on words, but it really is getting creepy. Yiannis Kakavas, social media fanatic and software writer, has published a new free tool to scare the pants off of any sane Twitterphile. But if you are updating your Twitter page that much, you probably won’t really care.

Kakavas’s new tool, “Creepy,” is a social networking search tool — or in his words, a “geolocation information aggregator.” But unlike just any search, Creepy searches for where you have posted from, then figures out the posts’ longitude and latitude and makes a pretty map of where you have posted from each time. Can you say “stalker nirvana”?

Now this requires that you have turned on Twitter’s own geolocation service, or used some device (your smartphone) or web service (Foursquare, Gowalla, etc.) that collects your lat/long when you are posting. So, Kakavas’ tool is not collecting anything you haven’t already put online yourself. It just makes it easy for the investigator to get to.

Well, as I have posted before, where there is a great tool for stalkers there is a great tool for investigators. So let’s take a look at this new investigative tool.

CREEPY

Again, this is a simple to use tool. Go to the download page and download the Windows Executable or the Ubuntu version and install on your operating system. The Windows installer is quick and easy and it will have you investigating in no time.

Start Creepy and in the settings authorize it to use your Twitter account. (You do need a Twitter account, but many investigators set up accounts purely for investigative purposes.) Now you can search Twitter users or Flickr users, along with photos from many other online applications. I searched both and easily found the users I was looking for.

Then click on the big “Geolocate Target” button. Under the “Map View” tab, the found lat/long coordinates will be displayed, along with their location on a mapping tool of your choice (there are several different mapping tools, including Google, to choose from).

It may take a few minutes to complete the search, but the results can be very revealing. Just as call detail records from cell phones can help investigators map out a suspect’s or victim’s movements over a period of weeks – including their normal patterns, and departures from normal – Creepy’s maps can show patterns of behavior with regard to social networks. The longer you track these patterns, the better picture you will have of your target.

It’s that simple… or it’s that Creepy.

Do you use Creepy? What have your experiences been?