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Category: UK & Europe

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 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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April 28, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Key MH17 Figure Identified As Senior FSB Official: Colonel General Andrey Burlaka

In November 2019, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced the broadening of its criminal investigation into the shoot-down of MH17 to encompass the role of individuals within Russia’s military and administrative hierarchy who enabled the tragedy. The JIT made public 23 telephone intercepts from the days before the shootdown, which appeared to prove the…

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April 24, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying FSB’s Elusive “Elbrus”: From MH17 To Assassinations In Europe

Previously in this series: In previous joint investigations with Der Spiegel and The Insider, Bellingcat identified the killer of a Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian-Chechen asylum seeker shot at point blank in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten last August, as Vadim Krasikov, a 54 year old Russian linked to at least two contract assassinations in Russia. Using metadata…

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April 22, 2020

By Carlos Gonzales

Creating Impact: A Year On Stop Child Abuse —Trace An Object

Europol is currently in possession of more than 40 million images of child sexual abuse from around the world. In June 2017, it launched a crowdsourcing campaign called Stop Child Abuse—Trace An Object. Censored extracts from explicit images are regularly published on their website and members of the public are asked to help in tracing…

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April 21, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Lesbos And The Far Right: A Look By Newsy And Lighthouse Reports

Hatred spreads quickly and can be just as dangerous as any virus. In this joint project between our partners, Newsy, and Lighthouse Reports, groups capitalizing on anti-refugee clashes on Greek islands are noted to have come from many different parts of Europe. What is their ultimate goal? Strengthen the far right in their home countries…

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April 20, 2020

By Pieter van Huis

The MH17 Trial Part 1: New Material From The Four Defendants

As Dutch prosecutors at The Hague court read out their case against four individuals — Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko and Russian citizens Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinsky, and Igor Girkin — being charged with complicity in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) passenger plane, new details emerged about the amount of evidence that…

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