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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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August 3, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

Upcoming Bellingcat Open Source Investigation Workshops in Amsterdam, London, and Berlin

Bellingcat is holding a series of workshops in Europe in 2018, where participants can learn the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat in their investigations. Currently 5 day workshops are planned for the following dates: Amsterdam February 19th-23rd NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE  London March 19th-23rd Berlin April 23rd-27th Participants are required to bring their own laptops, and Google…

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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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July 28, 2017

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

HISTINT: Unearthing declassified Soviet military journals in CIA archives

Quick links: Article cards – Full list – Raw spreadsheet In January of 2017, CIA made the entirety of their declassified records collection available online. Previously, only select documents were available through the online collection, with the rest available only through National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Thus, for researchers of intelligence such as myself,…

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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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June 7, 2017

By Aric Toler

“No Safe Spaces on the Flat Earth” – Emergent Alt-Right Inspired Flat Earth Online Communities

In the spring of 2017, NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal both publicly discussed their belief that the world is flat, although Shaq later clarified that he was joking. These statements brought light to what Live Science called “the ultimate conspiracy theory” — a refutation of the globe, and with it, heliocentrism…

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