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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By : Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott
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Python for Secret Agents - Volume II - Second Edition

By: Steven F. Lott, Steven F. Lott

Overview of this book

Python is easy to learn and extensible programming language that allows any manner of secret agent to work with a variety of data. Agents from beginners to seasoned veterans will benefit from Python's simplicity and sophistication. The standard library provides numerous packages that move beyond simple beginner missions. The Python ecosystem of related packages and libraries supports deep information processing. This book will guide you through the process of upgrading your Python-based toolset for intelligence gathering, analysis, and communication. You'll explore the ways Python is used to analyze web logs to discover the trails of activities that can be found in web and database servers. We'll also look at how we can use Python to discover details of the social network by looking at the data available from social networking websites. Finally, you'll see how to extract history from PDF files, which opens up new sources of data, and you’ll learn about the ways you can gather data using an Arduino-based sensor device.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Python for Secret Agents Volume II
About the Author
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Chapter 5. Data Collection Gadgets

We've looked at gathering intelligence from web server logs, from the social network, and from hard-to-examine PDF files. In this chapter, we'll see how we can gather data from the real world—the space that isn't inside our computers. This can be poetically termed meatspace to distinguish it from the cyberspace of networked computers.

There are a large number of small, programmable devices with sophisticated network interfaces, processes, and memory. We'll focus on the Arduino family of processors as a way to gather data for analysis. Some agents will prefer to use other processors because they're less expensive, more sophisticated, or have different programming language support.

Our goal is to build our own gadget using a simple sensor. We can easily find numerous online shops that sell a variety of sensors. We can even find kits with a collection of different kinds of sensors. Some agents will prefer to shop for individual sensors on a project-by-project...