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Entries by Brian Willingham

Ronan Farrow Exposes the Dark Underbelly of Private Investigators

This week, Ronan Farrow, the investigative reporter, published a three-part series (read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here) on the Israel-based “intelligence firm” Black Cube, whom Farrow had some run-ins with while exposing Harvey Weinstein. It’s a pretty captivating story if you are into espionage, spies, surveillance, intrigue, counterintelligence, spooks, and […]

10 Challenges When Trying to Locate People

In 2019, one would think it would be pretty easy to locate people with the plethora of information available on the Internet. And generally it is, as we found in our recent review of some commercially available databases. While it’s not “free” (what most people on the interwebs are looking for), it’s easier today to locate people than it has ever been.

Intelius vs. Spokeo vs. BeenVerified — A Private Investigator’s Review

I frequently get asked about commercially available investigative databases such as Intelius, Spokeo, and BeenVerified. The truth is that I have never used them, so I could never really give an intelligent answer. The professional databases that I rely on that are most comparable to Intelius, Spokeo, and BeenVerified can only be accessed by licensed .