Sherlock: An Interesting Open Source Intelligence Contribution

December 2, 2019

Secrets have a way of becoming non-secrets. How is often mysterious. Navigate to “Find Usernames across Social Networks.” Fire up the system and behold what for some was a function worthy of hushed tones in meetings held in drab rooms with plastic furniture.


Plug in a user name. The software chugs through publicly accessible services looking for matches.

Why is this useful? If the value of locating user names is not clear, DarkCyber is not going to flip on your light bulb.

As I write this, I can think of companies in England, Germany, Israel, and Italy which are likely to be doing a bit of critical thinking.

Sherlock could have an impact on those firms’ sales pitches and possibly their revenue. As our fictional hero allegedly said, “You know my methods, Watson.”

Stephen E Arnold, December 2, 2019


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