Telegram is a widely popular messaging app with over 500 million active users. It is known for its end-to-end encryption, self-destructing messages, and robust privacy features. However, what most people don’t know is that Telegram is also a goldmine for open-source intelligence (OSINT) analysts, investigators, and researchers.
Telegram OSINT is the practice of using publicly available information on Telegram to gather intelligence about individuals, groups, organizations, and events. This information can include usernames, group/channel memberships, chat histories, and even location data. With the right tools and techniques, Telegram OSINT can reveal a wealth of information that is not easily obtainable through other means.