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Category: Rest of World

November 26, 2019

By Brenna Smith

Debunking the Binance Police Raids with OSINT

This investigation is an excerpt from the weekly CryptOsint, Brenna Smith’s newsletter which digs into the intersection of open source research and cryptocurrency. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Crypto-twitter was abuzz this weekend over a rumor of police raids at one of the world’s most popular and most influential exchanges, Binance. The twist:…

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November 17, 2019

By Aiganysh Aidarbekova

Assassination of Aierken Saimaiti in Istanbul Raises New Questions

This investigation was conducted jointly with Umut 2020, a new Kyrgyz popular movement focused on investigating corruption. You can watch their video of the report at the bottom of this post (Russian). On November 10th, the businessman Aierken Saimaiti, who had an arrest warrant international arrest warrant issued after fraud allegations, was shot dead in…

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November 1, 2019

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan Encroaches Into Georgian Territory

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the three former republics of the Caucasus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, failed to demarcate and delimit their borders. This failure has resulted in regular incidents across the fringes of each nation’s respective territory. The well-publicized border disputes between Armenian and Azerbaijan are complex in nature, and the two…

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October 11, 2019

By Benjamin Strick

Investigating Information Operations in West Papua: A Digital Forensic Case Study of Cross-Platform Network Analysis

These findings were made by BBC open source investigator Benjamin Strick and Elise Thomas, a researcher with the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.  A new open source investigation has analysed a well-funded and co-ordinated social media campaign aimed at distorting the truth about events in the restive Indonesian province of…

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September 3, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Armenian Far-Right and Church Opposition to Anti-Female Violence Convention

Written by Narine Khachatryan Over the past months, right-wing groups and individuals in Armenia have been actively campaigning on and offline against the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (more widely known as the Istanbul Convention).  What the controversy in Armenia? Armenia signed the…

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September 3, 2019

By Benjamin Strick

Twitter Analysis: Identifying A Pro-Indonesian Propaganda Bot Network 

The ongoing conflict in West Papua has surged recently as the West Papuan freedom movement seeks independence from Indonesia.  While aggression has been documented on both sides, there are grave concerns that Indonesian security forces have been responsible for human rights abuses through the violent suppression of West Papuans in their pursuit of independence.  Hostilities…

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May 10, 2019

By Bellingcat Contributor

Additional EA-03 Arrive At China’s Yishuntun

New satellite imagery acquired by Digitalglobe shows that China has increased the deployment of Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) EA-03 Xianglong high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Yishuntun airbase in Jilin province. The platform, identified by its unique box wing design and V shaped vertical stabilizers, is often considered China’s answer…

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