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May 31, 2020

By Nick Waters

US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests

Bellingcat has identified and collected multiple instances of US law enforcement deliberately targeting journalists during the protests against the killing of George Floyd. The arrest of a CNN crew in Minneapolis while broadcasting live on air on May 29th was a shocking event, especially in a country with such strong protections on freedom of speech….

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May 18, 2020

By Foeke Postma

Military And Intelligence Personnel Can Be Tracked With The Untappd Beer App

Surprise! The beer-rating app Untappd can be used to track the location history of military personnel. The social network has over eight million mostly European and North American users, and its features allow researchers to uncover sensitive information about said users at military and intelligence locations around the world.  For people in the military, neither…

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May 8, 2020

By Nick Waters

The Killing of Muhammad Gulzar

Today, in collaboration with Lighthouse Reports and Forensic Architecture, with reporting from Der Spiegel, and research from Pointer and Sky News, we release an investigation which demonstrates that Greek security forces likely used live rounds on 4 March 2020 against refugees and migrants trying to break through the Turkish-Greek border fence. We identified seven people…

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May 7, 2020

By Giancarlo Fiorella

The Venezuela/Silvercorp USA Saga Keeps Getting Weirder

Earlier this week, we wrote about “Operación Gedeón”, a surreal and ultimately doomed military operation conducted by Silvercorp USA and a group of Venezuelan expatriates with the aim of instigating a nationwide rebellion against the government and capturing its high-ranking members, including President Maduro himself.  The failed plot has attracted a significant amount of media…

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May 5, 2020

By Benjamin Strick

Uncovering A Pro-Chinese Government Information Operation On Twitter and Facebook: Analysis Of The #MilesGuo Bot Network

An ongoing information operation is using a network of bots made up of newly created and stolen accounts to target a businessman, exiled from China, who has spoken critically of China’s response to COVID-19. Yet identifying the network has revealed a much larger operation amplifying content across multiple languages, platforms, countries, and topics, with links…

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May 5, 2020

By Christo Grozev

Who Is Dmitry Badin, The GRU Hacker Indicted By Germany Over The Bundestag Hacks?

On 5 May 2020, German media reported that Germany’s Federal Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant against Russian citizen Dmitry Badin, the main suspect in the 2015 hacking of the German Bundestag. What Was The 2015 Bundestag Hack? In April 2015, members of the German parliament as well as members of Merkel’s Bundestag office, received…

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