Posts by Chameleon Associates

Offensive OSINT: Exploiting Social Media

A NATO affiliated research group published a report this week showing results of a test they conducted using OSINT.  They wanted to see how much they could influence real world NATO soldiers via social media manipulation. The three main questions the researchers posed were: (1) What can be found out about a military exercise through…

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Security Dogs

Humans and dogs enjoy a special relationship, both social and professional.  For the latter, there are many examples with which we are all familiar: SWAT teams use dogs to help clear a room, soldiers use dogs to detect IEDs, isolated facilities use dogs to guard against perimeter breaches, customs agencies use dogs to sniff out…

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Parking Lot Security

Parking lots are an integral part of our modern lives.  They are attached to the places we go to shop or for work.  They can serve a logistical function as in “Let’s meet at the Walmart parking lot to carpool to the picnic.”  And parking lots can also be dangerous places.   They are convenient locales…

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First Female Suicide Bomber

It may seem that suicide bombers are an artifact of our modern age, a product of a world that has become more violent over the last century.  While there is plenty of room to dispute whether violence is on the rise or descending, you may not be aware of the story of the first suicide…

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New CCTV Operator Training

                          CCTV today is ubiquitous, so many businesses and municipalities (and homeowners) use cameras; they are everywhere.  But when it comes to CCTV training, it’s almost always around learning to use the equipment itself.  The training that exists is such as a camera…

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10 Benefits of Red Teaming

1   Red Teaming is an excellent training tool.  It teaches skills to security officers that enable them to handle threats on an ongoing basis so that when the officer is confronted with ‘the real deal’ he already has experience under his belt.  Without red teaming, the officer has neither the skills nor the experience…

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Updating OSINT Cycles

In the wake of the information explosion and the dramatic changes in open-source intelligence we’ve experienced over the last decades, the traditional intelligence cycle used in OSINT is no longer adequate, some would say.  Here are some of the issues: Information consumers are now also information producers, posting, blogging and tweeting with abandon.  It’s worth…

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Better Security Officers

Security officers are minimum wage workers.  Their typically lower pay is often cited as a reason for high attrition rates and the unfortunate, sometimes disparaging impression that security officers are not up to snuff. Look at other minimum wage workers:  dishwashers, cashiers, fast food preppers, janitors or product demonstrators to name a random grouping.  In…

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The Power of OSINT

Last Saturday, a devastating terrorist attack led to multiple casualties during a hate crime against a Pittsburgh synagogue.  The man Robert Bowers, aged 46, accused of committing the attack had posted an online message on a social platform called Gab in which he announced his intention to attack. His Gab account showed that he had…

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Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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