I'm trying to understand what the differences are between an Internet Footprint, OSINT and footprinting. I'm reading the pentest-standard and they seem the same.

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If I understand the PTES correctly, OSINT occurs in the process first, including the element Internet Footprint, and finally Footprinting.

This document correlates tools to those processes -- http://www.nothink.org/metasploit/documentation/metasploit_msf_analysis_ptes.pdf -- pages 5 to the mid-bottom of page 10 are OSINT, bottom half of page 9 to the same (mid-page 10) are Internet Footprint, while Footprinting is bottom of page 10 to page 15.

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    Hey, the page you've documented is now missing, s their any chance we can have that retrieved if you have it stored!? Commented May 15, 2018 at 10:08
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    Link has been updated. Thank you for notifying me that the link was no-longer valid.
    – atdre
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 15:56

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