Tango Down: How The Jester Uses Web Intelligence

Posted: 10th November 2013

Editor’s Note

The following interview is with The Jester and is from our Web Intelligence Perspectives Series. The Jester describes himself as a hacktivist for good.

What drives the interest in Web intelligence in your community? What hole in your world does it fill?

For me personally, Web intelligence is essential. Both my target interests and audience is wholly internet based. The ability to visualize my queries especially in geographic and chronological forms automagically greatly improves my ability to effectively research targets, while keeping false positives to a minimum.

Having a concise package for collecting and collating intel across a wide range of internet entities is proving to be powerful. It’s my go-to for rapid source and intelligence acquisition and verification.

Looking ahead, will Web intelligence become a standard piece of tradecraft in your community? Will it “go viral”?

As an early adopter of all things that “glitter” regarding information collection and collation, I have seen a few products fall by the wayside.

There are so many applications and different types of user, looking to implement Web intelligence for their own particular sets of needs, in my view in order to stay atop of your game, it’s only choice is to go viral. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

What is your vision for how Web intelligence could be used?

As we know my interest is cyber security and target research. However, that’s just me.

The concept of web intelligence can be applied effectively to many different fields. My vision, for the future of web intelligence stretches beyond the “visible” web and into what we call “dark IP space” or darknets. I want there to be no safe haven for the the “bad guy” to hide out on the internet. In the future I would like to see the same awesome functionality capturing and collating intelligence from the “darknets.”

These hidden “darkspaces” are operating under the radar, search engines cannot index them right now. So intelligence collection is tedious, and as web intelligence becomes more effective for the visible internet, these are the places the undesirables will gravitate to for “shelter.”

What is it about Web intelligence that is such an important opportunity to you?

False positives are part of the problem. To effectively and almost autonomously weed out false positives from your returned dataset and only present relevant information, and be able to present that information in a variety of different formats spanning different locations and timeframes is key to moving quickly onto a desired target, and expedites a desired “tactical effect.”

The Jester

Hacktivist for good. Obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys. Go here to visit The Jester’s official blog or follow The Jester on Twitter at @th3j35t3r.