Telephone call data records contain a list of phone calls, people, which phone numbers they own, and a list of target telephone numbers. To create the database:
For more information on this database, watch: Telephone Call Data Record Video
There are lots of targeted phone numbers to investigate. Where do we start? It’d be ideal to know if any of them call each other directly or through other phones that are not in our targeted list.
Here are some steps to explore the power and features of Sentinel Visualizer while performing the analysis.
On the Sentinel Visualizer Home Page, click [Entity Search] located in the Search panel.
Click the [Advanced] button.
Click the [Metadata/Lookups] tab. In the Metadata Type drop-down, choose Targeted. In the Entity Type drop-down, choose Yes and click
Sentinel Visualizer displays the 74 phone numbers that are targeted. Click [All to Visualizer] located at the bottom of the Entity Search page.
The 74 targeted phone numbers are displayed on a diagram in the Visualizer.
Click on the diagram and press [Ctrl + A] to select all entities. The selected entities are highlighted in green.
Click the [Get Links] button on the toolbar and select [Between Selected]. Between Selected allows you to select multiple entites to add the fewest entities and relationships connecting them.
Select the 'Least number of entities to connect every pair' option and click [OK].
The diagram shows two targeted numbers and added five entities to connect a different pair of targeted numbers.
To view only the paths that connect the four targeted phones, click the [Entities] tab and select 'Linked Entities' in the Show/Hide panel.
Optional: To view the entire diagram on the screen, select the [Zoom] button from the toolbar and select [Fit to Page].
Sentinel Visualizer offers a variety of automated layout functions that make it easy to quickly organize networks into different configurations. Visit Sentinel
Visualizer's Layout Options for more choices.
Click the [Layout] drop-down on the toolbar, select [Incremental] and click [Tiled Networks] to see the two disconnected networks more clearly:
Sentinel Visualizer's advanced analytics discovered that a pair of targeted numbers (ending in '1987' and '6835') do not call each other, but are connected through 5 intermediaries who are not in the target list.
This suspicious group warrants further investigation:
Sentinel Visualizer also discovered two of the targeted numbers are talking directly to each other:
From the original call data records with thousands of phones and calls between them, and 74 targeted numbers, Sentinel Visualizer prioritizes the high value activity to two pairs of targeted numbers and adds 5 additional suspects. Start your investigations there. Easily export the 9 entities on your diagram into an Excel spreadsheet by clicking [Output] on the visualizer toolbar and select [Excel List of Entities].