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October 5, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Since the beginning of Russia’s air campaign in Syria the Russian Ministry of Defence has been posting videos of some of its airstrikes on its YouTube channel, and initial geolocation analysis of those videos have shown there’s a number of issues with the details provided by the Russian Ministry of Defence along with those videos….

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August 28, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Discover Website Connections Through Tracking Codes

This article originally appeared on the blog. Fellow Bellingcat contributor Lawrence Alexander did some really interesting OSINT work on analyzing the hidden links between websites using tracking and analytics codes. In his how-to titled “Unveiling Hidden Connections With Google Analytics IDs” he shows how you can begin to see how websites are connected to…

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August 13, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Using Python to Mine Common Crawl

This article was originally posted on the blog. One of my Automating OSINT students Michael Rossi (@RossiMI01) pinged me with an interesting challenge. He had mentioned that the Common Crawl project is an excellent source of OSINT, as you can begin to explore any page snapshots they have stored for a target domain. Michael wanted…

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June 2, 2015

By Dan Kaszeta

Tactical Nuclear Ambiguity: A short history of incidents mistakenly believed to be nuclear detonations

Recent weeks have seen numerous reports that an explosion in Yemen was a “nuclear bomb” or even a “neutron bomb”.  These particular reports, about a large explosion in Yemen in late May 2015 are largely re-circulating due to articles in the widely derided and generally discredited Veterans Today. It is clear to me, for reasons that…

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March 24, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Bellingcat at the SKUP Journalism Festival Talking MH17, Ukraine, Russia, and Propaganda

The Norwegian Foundation for a Free and Investigative Press (SKUP, Stiftelsen for en Kritisk og Undersøkende Presse) recently held it’s annual journalism conference in Tonsberg, Norway, and Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins participated in a number of sessions. In this first session, Eliot Higgins talks about Bellingcat’s work on MH17, tracking Russian weapons and artillery attacks…

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February 12, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project: First Week

On February 3rd, Bellingcat launched the Ukraine conflict vehicle tracking project, a collaborative effort where we collect reports on movement of military equipment in and near Ukraine to determine if Russian units have crossed the border. We opened a channel through Checkdesk through which anyone watching the conflict can submit reports of interesting vehicle sightings. These reports are…

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