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April 30, 2016

By Frederic Jacobs

How Russia Works on Intercepting Messaging Apps

A few months ago, I wrote a post on SMS logins following a wave of attacks attempting to take over Iranian Telegram accounts. Recently, there have been new confirmed cases of attacks in both Iran and Russia. Oleg Kozlovsky is an opposition activist and the director of Vision of Tomorrow Center in Moscow. In a…

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April 29, 2016

By Oryx

The Islamic State Going DIY, Inside a DIY Offensive

A video obtained by VICE News and uploaded on the 27th of April 2016 shows off spectacular footage taken by the headcam of an Islamic State fighter as he and his comrades fight their way to Peshmerga positions nearNaweran while under heavy enemy fire. The attack, which took place North of Mosul, clearly shows the…

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April 22, 2016

By Masis Ingilizian

Постепенная эскалация карабахского конфликта со стороны Азербайджана

Красной чертой обозначено расстояние от демаркационной линии до недавно взятой высоты Леле-тепе, составляющее около 1 км. 2 апреля из северных деревень Нагорного Карабаха начали поступать многочисленные сообщения о масштабном наступлении азербайджанских войск. 3 апреля президент Азербайджана Ильхам Алиев в открытую заявил, что чувствовал необходимость что-то предпринять в ответ на полное отсутствие прогресса в переговорах по…

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April 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

МИД России представил «свои» доказательства фальсификаций по делу MH17

На прошлой неделе мы опубликовали переписку Bellingcat и Министерства иностранных дел Российской Федерации. В своем письме мы попросили привести доказательства их обвинений в подделке свидетельств об обстоятельствах гибели MH17 командой Bellingcat и другими группами. Министерство иностранных дел Российской Федерации ответило на наше письмо. Ниже приводится полный текст их ответа с доказательствами использования фейков, а также…

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April 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

Российский МИД «позаимствовал» доказательства по MH17 из постов в ЖЖ

В четверг Министерство иностранных дел (МИД) России ответило на письмо Bellingcat, в котором мы попросили привести конкретные примеры использования фейковых доказательств. Первый ответ МИД, отправленный на прошлой неделе, полностью приведен здесь. Во втором ответе, который мы полностью приводим на языке оригинала (русском) и в переводе на английский, МИД России все же предоставил конкретные примеры фейков в ответ на просьбу Bellingcat….

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April 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Plagiarizes LiveJournal Posts in MH17 Response

On Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) responded to Bellingcat’s follow-up response requesting specific examples of faked evidence. The MFA sent its first reply last week, which can be read in full here. In its second response, with the original document in Russian here and in English here, the MFA did provide the specific examples of fakery…

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April 21, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Has Sudan Received More Su-24 Fencers?

Sudan probably received additional Su-24 Fencer aircraft from Belarus, recently acquired satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe suggests. Back in 2013, it was reported that Sudan would acquire 12 Soviet-era Su-24 Fencer aircraft from Belarusian BelTechExport. The aircraft, previously flown by the Belarusian Air force, were decommissioned from the cash-strapped air arm not long before. We’ve been…

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April 16, 2016

By Bellingcat

Ответ Министерства иностранных дел Российской Федерации на письмо Bellingcat по поводу обвинений в распространении фейков

6 апреля 2016 года официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова сделала следующее заявление о Bellingcat: О «Беллингкэт» как инструменте отвлечения внимания от расследования трагедии с малайзийским «Боингом» над Украиной «Мы обратили внимание на интервью «Би-Би-Си» представителей кампании  «Беллингкэт», в котором они с сарказмом говорили о каком-то «троллинге» со стороны  Министерства обороны и Министерства иностранных дел…

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April 16, 2016

By Type 63

Islamic State Captures Masses of Iranian-supplied Weaponry Near Khanasir

An Islamic State offensive near Khanasir, Eastern Aleppo, managed to overrun defending forces, capturing several checkpoints nearby and large amounts of weaponry stocked there in the process. The town of Khanasir, a dusty and deserted place carrying without a doubt the heaviest strategic weight on its shoulders of any town of its kind in Syria….

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April 14, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

Keeping the Water Running in the Islamic State

The title has been changed to avoid implying any cooperation between the Syrian government and the so-called Islamic State. The so-called Islamic State is said to be behaving like a conventional state in many ways. However, this open source investigation will show that the Syrian government — not Islamic State — keeps the water running in Islamic State’s de…

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April 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Publishes “Their” Evidence of MH17 Fakery

Last week we published correspondence between Bellingcat and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which we requested evidence to support their allegations of Bellingcat and others faking MH17 evidence. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has replied, and their full reply (translated from Russian) with their evidence of fakery is shown below, followed by…

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April 14, 2016

By Bellingcat

Response from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Bellingcat Regarding Fakery Allegations

On April 6th 2016 Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova made the following statement about Bellingcat: Bellingcat as an instrument to divert attention from investigating the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing over Ukraine We took note of an interview with Bellingcat representatives for the BBC in which they sarcastically spoke about some “trolling” on the part of…

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April 12, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Automated Reverse Image Search Part 2: Vimeo

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. In a previous blog post I covered how to utilize the YouTube API to find the preview images for videos and then reverse search them using the TinEye API. In this blog post we will cover how to use the same techniques for Vimeo to retrieve…

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March 29, 2016

By Justin Seitz

When People Sleep: Determine Facebook Activity Using Google Chrome, Javascript and Python

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. It is always an interesting question and one that was posed over on the IntelTechniques.com forums. How can you tell what hour of the day people are most active on Facebook? There are tools out there for Twitter and other platforms, but due to Facebook’s limited…

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March 1, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Finding Weapons in Social Media Images Part 2

This post was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. In the first part of this series we examined how to write some code that can slice and dice and image and then submit it to Imagga. By examining the tags that come back we can make a fairly accurate guess as to whether there is…

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February 3, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

“That’s Not a Cluster Bomb” – The Differences Between OFAB 250-270s and RBK-500s

In December 2015 Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both published reports that included claims that Russia had used cluster munitions in its air campaign in Syria. The Russian Defence Ministry responded to those accusations by denying Russia had them at their airbase in Syria: Concerning the suppositions on cluster bombs. Russian aviation does not…

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January 22, 2016

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Using Citizen Science to Assess Environmental Damage in the Syrian Conflict

  For new and ongoing conflicts across the world, the need to document their impact on civilians and the environment upon which they depend is encouraging the development of new research tools and methodologies. Traditional approaches for monitoring environmental risks are notoriously reliant on field access for experts. But with civilians increasingly able to access…

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January 11, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Misattribution, Verification, ISIS, and Madaya

One frequent issue encountered by anyone working with user generated content is the misattribution of videos and photographs, something that can occur for a number of reasons. With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq many shocking videos and photographs are shared online on a variety of platforms, and it’s very important to anyone interested in…

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January 11, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Finding Weapons in Social Media Images Part 1

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. As part of my previous post on gangs in Detroit, one thing had struck me: there are an awful lot of guns being waved around on social media. Shocker, I know. More importantly I began to wonder if there wasn’t a way to automatically identify when…

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December 22, 2015

By Dan Kaszeta

Case Study: The Wikipedia page on Sarin

Wikipedia is used widely as a reference tool. The nature of Wikipedia, however, means that it’s accuracy and reliability can be suspect at times. In the area of chemical and biological weapons, Wikipedia is not optimum. It has proven to be inaccurate in some cases, misleading in others, or containing only part of the story….

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