Google Dorking: A Stealthy Weapon in the War against Wildlife Crimes

Google Dorking: A Stealthy Weapon in the War against Wildlife Crimes

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Google Dorking is a technique which is used to collect specific informations from the internet. It involves using advanced operators, specific search strings & syntax within Google Search Engine to refine and narrow down search results.

Google Dorking as an innovative tool holds immense potential for wildlife law enforcement agencies in their battle against willdife crimes. This tool can significantly enhance the efficiency and productivity of law enforcement officials. This tools empowers enforcement officials to gather specific informations from open source i.e. world wide web (WWW) or internet about species being targeted by the poachers and wildlife traffickers, hotspots of poaching & illegal wildlife trade, illegal wildlife trade taking place on various social media, e-commerce and other websites  & online forums, trafficking routes, members of poaching & trafficking syndicates, modus-operandi of poaching & illegal wildlife trade, various transportation methods used for trafficking, socio-economic-cultural factors fueling poaching & illegal willdife trade, different types of wildlife products in trade, various methods deployed by wildlife traffickers for money laundering, convergence of wildlife crime with other crimes, source-transit-destination countries for wildlife trafficking, innovative technological innovations to combat wildlife poaching & smuggling etc.

Wildlife law enforcement officials can use following advanced search operators to enhance their capabilities to gather relevant informations related to wildlife crimes as discussed in Para two hereinabove:

site:, intitle:, inurl:, filetype:, related:, cache:, define:, links:, info:, allinurl:, allintitle:, site:gov, site:edu, site:org etc. 

Let me explain how wildlife law enforcement officials can harness each of these advanced search operators in their endevour to counter the menace of wildlife crimes:


  • This search operator can be used to find posts of wildlife trade on a particular website. For example, reptile trade will show results of reptile trade on Instagram.


  • This search operator can be used to find specific word or phrase in the titiles of news articles, reaserch papers, government reports etc. For example, intitle:"rhino poaching" will show pages with "rhino poaching" in title.


  • This search operator can be used to search pages with specific word or phrases in URL. For example, inurl:pangolin trade will return pages with "pangolin trade" in URLs. 


  • This search operator can be used to find a specific file type on the internet. For example, filetype:pdf tiger body parts will result in showing PDF Documents related to trade of tiger body parts for various purposes.


  • This search operator is used to find pages on a particular subject. For example, related:wildlife law enforcement will return pages related to wildlife law enforcement subject only.


  • This search operator is used to view the cached version of a webpage. For exapmle, will return the cached version of this page.:

Similarly wildlife law enforcement agencies can use search operator define: to define a particular term or phrase; link: to find pages on internet that link to a specific URL; info: to get information about a URL; allinurl: to require all terms to appear in URL; allintitle: to reaquire all terms to appear in title; site:gov, site:edu, site:org etc. to get search results from specific domain i.e. from government, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations websites.

To conclude: With Google Dorking as a stealthy weapon in their Digital Arsenal , wildlife law enforcement agencies get more empowered in their relentless battle against wildlife criminals for safeguarding of our precious biodiversity from poaching and illegal trade.


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