### Explanation Copying content across various platforms is a common practice driven by several motivations, including the need to archive information, improve search engine indexing, and disseminate messages to a broader audience. Platforms like web.archive.org preserve snapshots of websites, while businesses often index content requiring specific clients or registration to ensure discoverability. This practice of content replication presents an opportunity for OSINT analysts. By identifying and analyzing copied content, analysts can uncover networks of related accounts and websites. This method is particularly useful in detecting coordinated efforts, such as botnets, where similar messages or texts are distributed across multiple platforms to amplify a specific narrative or agenda. Content can be copied both manually and through automated means. Manual copying involves individuals replicating text, images, or other media across different platforms. Automated copying often uses scripts or bots to disseminate content, making it a common technique in botnet operations. Individuals and groups often replicate similar texts in different places, creating identifiable patterns. These patterns can be used to trace networks of connected accounts. For example, a botnet might distribute identical or near-identical messages across various social media platforms, forums, and websites. By analyzing these messages, analysts can map out the extent of the network and identify key nodes within it. ### Examples ![[disinfoid.png]] - [The Information Laundromat](https://informationlaundromat.com/) - a tool to track information networks, content relationships through domain forensics matching and content similarity ### Types - technical - business ### Typical techniques - [[SOTL-7.1. Check Archives]] - [[SOTL-7.2. Check Caches]] - [[SOTL-7.3. Check Aggregators And Mirrors]] - [[SOTL-7.4. Conduct Reverse Image Search]]