Advanced Online Investigations

This three-day course is one of its kind in the United States as it will teach the student how to properly use Linux and Windows based operating systems, virtualization, and strong encryption while conducting covert and high-risk online investigations. Students will learn how to set up untraceable internet connections and how to search and scrape data from online and social media sites.

Day One: Students will start by setting up a Windows OS to conduct online investigations. Students will then work in a group setting, building a full disk encrypted Linux OS in VirtualBox. Students will add the necessary software that will support safe online investigations in the Linux OS. Finally, students will set up untraceable internet connections by spoofing MAC addresses, the use of VPN’S and other software.

Day Two: Students will be introduced and learn how to build and use several Python based social media scrapers. Students will also learn how to download videos from a variety of online and social media sites. In addition, students will learn how to use FFMPEG for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files.

Day Three: Students will take the Linux OS and scrapers they created and put them to use! Students will be taught the newest social media and OSINT search techniques and tools available. Social Media sites Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter will be discussed in detail along with the most popular Mobile Apps.

This advanced hands-on course will be presented from a law enforcement point of view, it will, therefore, benefit experienced (but non-technical) members of the law enforcement community wishing to attend.

Computer prerequisite: If you have a personal laptop (Windows or Mac computers using Boot Camp), please bring it to class. If you use an employer’s laptop, it will be necessary for you to have administrative rights. This course will require installing software that will require administrative privileges. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact [email protected].

An optional list of items students might want to purchase to make Linux computers during the class.

Linux Computer Parts


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