What is Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is data obtained and analysed from publicly available sources typically used for intelligence purposes.

These days, the term OSINT is used in a much wider context than simply for intelligence.  It is now an important technique for private investigators and analysts when seeking and preserving online based evidence.

Online Investigations Pty Ltd – a Melbourne based Private Investigation company – are the premier providers of OSINT information to not only solve private investigations, but to gather a ‘bigger picture’ when undertaking complex investigations.

Our experience as expert OSINT private investigators have allowed us to obtain success for the following key industries:


Debt Recoveries

Interviews / Sourcing

Intellectual Property / Counterfeit / Patent investigations

Law Firms

Competitor Intelligence

Brand Protection

Intelligence Agencies 

Our services cover the following:

– Background Checks, Investigating People and Companies –

  • Biography with personal life details (date of birth, place of birth, place of residence, nationality and other information).
  • Tracing a person’s online activities, preferences and personal interests.
  • Investigation of online identities, profiles, and aliases for personal approaches.
  • Identifying possible contacts, including business and personal connections; checking relatives and closest partners.
  • E-mail address intelligence gathering (current and previous email addresses); identifying possible contact phone numbers, physical locations (home and correspondence address), companies registered to the person, property information and financial indicators.
  • Identifying a person’s photos and videos, news and media mentions, forum participation.
  • Uncovering owners of websites and blogs.
  • Social Media Investigation services (investigating social media profiles and contacts): studying a person’s published posts and comments, followers and friends, followed topics, liked posts, photos, videos, group participation, and other information.
  • Human Resources OSINT services: employee background checking implemented with various social media profiles to determine if they display anti-social behaviors. Investigating a candidate’s social media presence, educational and employment references.
  • Competitor Analysis:analysing competitive advantages. Monitoring, collecting, and analysing competitors’ social media activity and marketing strategies (online campaigns, products, traffic sources and backlink research).
  • Online Reputation Management for individuals and brands: monitoring potential threats or negative feedback; online reputation improvement.
  • Market Research Services.

As leaders in OSINT – Online Investigations Pty Ltd has collated the most useful Australian based OSINT resources and now offers this at the PIToolbox – http://www.pitoolbox.com.au