OSINT tutorial to Find Information from a Phone Number – PhoneInfoga Tool

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Phone number plays a vital role in the social engineering
and the open source intelligence investigation. Everyone carry’s phone, the
phone is now linked with an individual life and it has the most important
information of a person. In the OSINT investigation, we need to find-out the
line type, carrier, location and other relevant information about the subject’s
phone number. The number itself shows some information like country, city
(landline pattern) and sometimes carrier; while the other information can be
extracted by using the open platform available.
This tutorial is about PhoneInfoga, as the official doc
says:

“PhoneInfoga is one of the most
advanced tools to scan phone numbers using only free resources. The goal is to
first gather standard information such as country, area, carrier and line type
on any international phone numbers with a very good accuracy. Then search for
footprints on search engines to try to find the VoIP provider or identify the
owner.”

As shown in the picture above, the PhoneInfoga utilizes the
open source platforms, their APIs and even Google dorks to get the meaningful
and relevant information of a phone number. You can search on these platforms
individually too; but PhoneInfoga automates the process and we love automation,
right?

How to Install PhoneInfoga on Kali Linux?

First of all, you need to download the source code (clone
it) and then; get all the dependencies installed.

Requirements:

python3 and python3-pip OR Docker
git OR wget and curl

Manual installation

git clone https://github.com/sundowndev/PhoneInfoga
cd PhoneInfoga/

Install requirements

python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt –user

Create the config file

cp config.example.py config.py

See the version using the -v operator to confirm the
conversion and installation

python3 phoneinfoga.py -v

Basic scan

python3 phoneinfoga.py -n “(+42) 837544833”

Country code and special chars such as ( ) – + will be
escaped so typing US-based numbers stay easy :

python3 phoneinfoga.py -n “+1 555-444-3333”

Note that the country code is essential.

Extracting Information from a Phone Number using PhoneInfoga Video Tutorial


So, this is the demonstration of just one tool, the OSINT is
very powerful and when we use its real strength using the various tools and
techniques, it can give you very valuable information that can be used in any
hacking attack.  This article also
teaches you not to publish your phone number publicly because it can tell the
story.

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