Tracking RagSec Around the Globe

I got Challenged by RagSec on Facebook To locate her while traveling

July 2019

So probably one of the worst to do with a Security Research who specializes in advanced level OSINT "OpenSource Intelligence" is to give them a challenge. so for context here yes I do me mean lol. So if you have been here long enough or follow my twitter you know some of the shenanigans I can get up to when it comes to Intel and general spookiness, so I won't go into to much detail on myself.  This post is going to be a how I tracked down and even called Rag in his hotel room in less than 6 Minutes from a photo.

So @RagSec a good friend and follow Security Researcher of mine, tagged me on Facebook with a challenge to "Find Me" with the following image
To my reply which was straight to the point "Time Me," @frootware decided to be the official counter for this the clock had started. before even starting you take known data, I knew Rag was away for work in the US but at this stage, I didn't know if she was on the way home from the US or still there, so the assumed information at current is that Rag is in the US so anything found there can be confirmed with this information.

the first step when analyzing any images is to look for key data, i.e. names, flags, landmarks, weird objects, people, clothing.
In the photo, you can see flags flying but can't make out for which country they are from as they are so distant, landmarks are the interesting buildings in the skyline that I have marked, including a Bridge similar to the Brooklyn bridge in style next to a Ferris wheel. Instantly knew it wasn't New York cause of the skyline, and it wasn't broken cause of the size of the bridge.
ok, so what interests me is the Ferris wheel and bridge, a quick search for "US Bridges in the style of Brooklyn bridge" came back with nothing but upon searching for "Ferris Wheel next to bridge" I was surprised to find an exact copy of the bridge in downtown, Cincinnati.
comparing the bridge and Ferris wheel from the photos and the image given by Rag we can see that it is easily confirmed the location
Checking for CCTV around the area I came across one in down which happened to be facing in the perfect direction "I promise it didn't move by itself" which was perfect as It had the landmarks that could be seen from the photo but on the opposite side
the next triangulate at what point the photo was taken from as there are multiple buildings.
the above was done simply, it is taken the angle at which the landmarks can be seen from the photo and drawing a line till they intersect, from there it was a straight line down to ground front for ground of the landmass as we can see in the photo the view is looking up at the towers and is not obstructed, we then follow the X-axis of the landmass till we get something that can match the specifications needed. In this case a hotel.

The markers are as follows, the red is triangulation landmark points, the green line is the is at the angel assumption that the photo angel was taken, the yellow line is the X-axis line, the blue line is the view that can be seen, assuming the Camera point is on the high tower marked in the landmarks.
now I could have just said done and that would be it, but instead, I decided to go even further with it, as I knew rag was in the hotel room I decided to try calling the room. So a quick call to the front desk and the clerk on was no help at all and pretty much hung up on me when I asked what room Rag was staying in, obviously didn't appreciate the 30minute office background noise track I was playing. So what next call the Hotel management for the area. got a dude who was a legit boy, explained I had a car waiting outside for Rag to bring her to the office, and I couldn't get in contact with them cause they had a European phone, and he offered to connect me directly to the room, Perfect, just what I wanted. I messaged Froot to Stop the Clock 5 minutes, 6 seconds as Rag picks up the phone, and this is what follows

Rag: Hello

CyberViking: Hey, hows Cincinnati

Rag: ehh Good "can hear the fear in rags voice"

CyberViking: Good Thing you're enjoying it, that's awesome

CyberViking: Congratulations... "meant to say congrats on being too easy"

Rag: Who's this?

CyberViking
: This is a certain friend from Ireland...

Rag: "Sigh of Relief"

CyberViking: "Chuckles"

CyberViking: You Challenged Me "More Laughing"

Rag: "Laughing" NO FUCKING WAY "Laughing In Fear"


so for those who didn't wanna read all that but probably have already, the TLDR of it is, I tracked Rag to her hotel from a photo challenge posted in messenger and call her to.  But let this post be a lesson, don't challenge board All Source Intelligence Specialists when they have nothing better to do lol.

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