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February 22, 2018

By Aric Toler

How to Archive Open Source Materials

Throughout this story, click on any of the images to view in full resolution. When conducting open source investigations, an ever-present issue is how to archive away the materials you are researching. For example, a social media post may be deleted by a user after you publish an investigation, or a video on YouTube showing…

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October 17, 2017

By Aric Toler

How to Conduct Comprehensive Video Collection

Much of Bellingcat’s work requires intense research into particular events, which includes finding every possible photograph, video, and witness account that will help inform our analysis. Perhaps most notably, we exhaustively researched the events surrounding the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine. The photographs and videos taking near the crash…

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September 15, 2017

By Justin Seitz

Follow the Bitcoin With Python, BlockExplorer and Webhose.io

This article was originally posted to the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. More and more investigations are being conducted on Tor and many of them can also include investigating Bitcoin transactions. The nature of Bitcoin is such that the transactions themselves are designed to be anonymous but there are many other factors that can dictate whether the owner…

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July 31, 2017

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Discover Website Connections Through Tracking Codes

This post was originally posted on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog here.A few years ago Lawrence Alexander published a great piece on finding connections between websites using Google Analytics (among others) codes. Last year I had published a post where I taught you how to automatically mine some of this information using Python, and then how to visualize it. Unfortunately the…

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June 23, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Companies House: A Short Guide

The research behind the joint report with Transparency International was only made possible due to the government’s decision in 2014 to make its records available to the public free of charge.   Due to the volume of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) incorporated during 2016 this information would have previously cost thousands of pounds. A similar investigation…

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