Facebook Graph Search and OSINT

Facebook Graph Search is one of the newest features of Facebook.  It allows you to data-mine every person and page on the entire social network.  You can get an introduction at this page.

It's not available for everyone yet...but you can sign up for early access if you'd like.  It is extremely powerful as an OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tool.  A tumblr site called Acutal Facebook Graph Searches show some of the more interesting search results.

So, I decided to give it a try myself.  The results are rather eye opening.

Many including Th3J35t3r and myself have repeatedly warned that Anonymous has been infiltrated by terror organizations such as Hamas.  As they say...the proof is in the pudding.

One of the first searches I performed was "People who like Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and like Anonymous".  For those not familiar...Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades is the military branch of the terrorist organization Hamas.

Sample search results for "People who like Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and like Anonymous"
The results really do speak for themselves.  It's clear that there are many who associate themselves with both Anonymous and Hamas.

The next search I performed could be quite dangerous.
"Current Iran residents who work at Nuclear Power Plants"

Sample search results for "Current Iran residents who work at Nuclear Power Plants"
It's already known that spy agencies of countries who do not want to see Iran's nuclear program advance have been killing Iranian nuclear scientists.  Despite this...many Iranians who work at Iran's nuclear power plants have listed their employment location...opening themselves up to possible assassination.

Graph search can also provide some interesting political and employer affiliations...

"People who like Communism and work at MSNBC"
"People who like Marxism and work at CNN"
"People who like National Rifle Association" and work at Fox News"

Note that Facebook automatically replaced MSNBC with alternatives - such as NBC TV shows.  It also includes previous employers in the search.

So what does this all mean?

Well...it might be time to review your privacy settings.  Furthermore...you might want to clean up your likes.  Especially if you're a member of a terrorist organization or employed by the media.

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