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November 23, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How We Found One of the Paris Suicide Bombers on Facebook

On 16 November, three days after the Paris Attacks, the Bellingcat Investigation Team identified the Facebook profile of one of the assailants, Bilal Hadfi. Here is how we did it. In the evening of 13 November, six simultaneous terrorist attacks happened in France’s capital city of Paris. One of these happened in the vicinity of the…

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November 17, 2015

By Cameron Colquhoun

The Islamic State’s New Sinai Offshoot – Were There Signs the Metrojet Attack Was Coming?

While the exact cause of the crash of Russian Metrojet Airbus 321 remains unknown, unverified statements from the terrorist group Wilayah Sinai* have claimed responsibility. The attack took the security world by surprise for a number of reasons; the target (Russian, rather than European/American), the device (likely a bomb on board rather than a suicide attack), and the group responsible (not Al-Qa’ida or Islamic State in Syria but a little known group in Sinai who have pledged allegiance to IS).

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November 9, 2015

By Chris Biggers

French Fighters Target Islamic State Revenue

“We intervened in Syria… yesterday evening with a strike on an oil supply center near Deir Ezzor on the border between Iraq and Syria,” Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced today. Given the location of the strikes, it’s likely the fighters were launched from their forward location in the Kingdom of Jordan. Satellite imagery has confirmed…

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October 29, 2015

By Alexandra Raine

Tracking Down Corruption in the Defence Sector in MENA

Transparency International’s Government Defence Index is a unique resource that collects evidence and insights on malpractice in the defence and security sector, worldwide. The most recent version was released today. As the majority of the research for this project involved gathering openly accessible information online (with a very limited part of the evidence coming from closed sources),…

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September 21, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Confirmed: SU-25s Join Russia’s Flankers in Latakia

Satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International Airport shows new arrivals supporting Russia’s growing military presence. Space snapshots from 20SEPT15 show twelve SU-25 Frogfoot joining the four SU-30SM Flanker already parked at the airport, a location ten miles south of Latakia. Earlier the SU-30SM were misidentified by the media as SU-27. The latest imagery was published by AllSource Analysis…

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September 11, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Follow the Money with Python

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Lots of OSINT investigations involve looking at companies, their structure, and of course their directors. Just yesterday, CBC News here in Canada did a story about a wealthy family allegedly using tax havens as a means to avoid paying taxes. As part of the news story…

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August 28, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Discover Website Connections Through Tracking Codes

This article originally appeared on the AutomatingOSINT.com 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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