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August 13, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Using Python to Mine Common Crawl

This article was originally posted on the AutomatingOSINT.com 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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August 7, 2015

By Aric Toler

Shadow of a Doubt: Crowdsourcing Time Verification of the MH17 Missile Launch Photo

While much open source investigation is done through crowd sourcing, the administrator of the MH17 webtalk.ru forum has taken a unique approach: a single-blind poll to collaboratively determine the timing of a photograph. While this experiment does not have the scientific rigor of a pharmaceutical trial, the methodology of administrator “bootblack” is worthwhile of some examination. The…

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June 23, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Mapping Where Sex Offenders Can Live

This article was originally posted to the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Recently I was listening to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast titled, “Making Sex Offenders Pay – And Pay and Pay” which you can listen tohere. The premise behind the episode was that sex offenders are a bit unique in how they are punished by the…

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June 9, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Analyzing Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf Part 2

This article was originally published on AutomatingOSINT.com. After running the first part of this series I had a question come in from Charles Cameron (@hipbonegamer) a well known author and terrorism researcher: Charles Cameron (hipbone) – May 26th, 2015 So — did you draw any conclusions from the use of this technique on the trove…

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June 5, 2015

By Aric Toler

Who to Trust, Google or the Russian MoD? A Guide to Verifying Google Earth Satellite Image Dates

Этот пост также доступен на русском языке в переводе @Mortis_Banned Bellingcat recently published an in-depth investigation finding that the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) fabricated and misrepresented their satellite photographs in a July 21, 2014 press conference, immediately following the July 17 downing of MH17. The most obvious and compelling evidence of this investigation was…

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