Facebook as an Intelligence Collection Tool

‘War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left.’ – Bertrand Russell


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.


So, I decided to give it a try myself.  The results are eye opening. You may or may not be aware that I have repeatedly warned that Anonymous has been infiltrated by terror organizations such as Hamas/AQ etc.  Well, 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. I only bring this up again because now there’s a way for me to more effectively make the connections between potential players, at least with facebook users anyway.


Be advised – I have not included the full result sets, only redacted samples.


Lets give it a try.


You can click the screenshot below to view the results for the search term “People who like Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and like Anonymous” it in all it’s facebooky glory. And that’s just the start some people really are stoopid. What they are doing here is actually helping me find links between online ‘personas’ and real online people.




“People who like Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and like Anonymous”  MORE HERE



These results really do speak for themselves.  It’s clear that there are many who associate themselves with both Anonymous and Hamas.


Now I know what you are thinking, if Facebook is logging and retaining all this kind of real world link analysis, they are also watching who is searching for what terms and keywords, and you would be right. That’s why when doing these searches personal OPSEC is also recommended, as there can’t be too many people searching for these types of queries and keywords, if you know what I mean.


So what else interesting can you find with Facebook Graph Search?


Okay folks, lets up the game a little. What happens if we throw into the Graph Search tool a phrase like, ooooh, I don’t know, what about something like: “Current Iran residents who work at Nuclear Power Plants”




“Current Iran residents who work at Nuclear Power Plants”  MORE HERE



Above you can see that this returns a lovely list of, well errr, current residents of Iran who well, errr work at nuclear facilities. Scary isn’t it. One of the things I really like is the free form natural language type queries you can plug into it. You can literally just ‘say who you want’ to find. The result sets I am displaying here are not complete, but you get the picture.
It’s already known that nuclear scientists in Iran have been meeting with untimely deaths. Despite this…many Iranians who work at Iran’s nuclear power plants have listed their employment location…opening themselves up to possible assassination.


When you accept Facebook terms of service you sign up for this, then you get busy populating your profile, making connections and forgetting to adjust privacy settings, and next thing you know, BOOM all your shit is just hanging out there. Graph search can also provide some interesting political and employer affiliations…



Here’s some of my faves:

CLICK TO ENLARGE “People who like Communism and work at MSNBC”



or how about…..

CLICK FOR LARGE “People who like Marxism and work at CNN”



or maybe even….

“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, but I think you get the idea.



Thanks Zuckerberg. Remember kids. The internet is forever.