Russia-Ukraine: the first conflict of the OSINT era

Do you know the term OSINT? It is an acronym in English meaning Open Source Intelligence, or Information on Public Data in French. This methodology was popularized by the Bellingcat group created in July 2014 by Eliot Higgins, which notably engaged in the analysis of data relating to the destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down on July 17 of the same year, demonstrating the involvement of Russian BUK systems in the destruction of the aircraft. Later, this same Bellingcat group demonstrated the involvement of agents of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence services, in the poisoning of the former Russian agent Sergeï Skripal and his daughter…

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US Special Forces set up Social Warfare Task Force

Special Forces are generally the first units deployed in a theater of operations, and therefore the first to have to deal with the local perception of their intervention. This perception is now regularly manipulated by influence operations carried out by foreign powers or hostile groups via social networks. For Colonel Ed Croot, Corps Commander of the 1st Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg in Northern California, it is now necessary that these special forces also have the means to detect, identify and counter these digital mass manipulation operations. , thanks to what he describes as “…

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Bellingcat demonstrates existence of chemical weapons program in Russia

In 2010, Dimitry Medvedev, then President of the Russian Federation, announced the dismantling of all their infrastructures for the production of chemical and bacteriological weapons, in accordance with the commitments of the 1997 convention. them, was to take place in 2012, then in 2015, only to have been postponed to 2020. But these official announcements may well have been window dressing, and Moscow may still have a program of chemical weapons, weapons which would have been used in the attacks of several dissidents or political opponents, including that of Alexandre Navalny, in a saga…

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Video showing execution of Armenian prisoners in Azerbaijan authenticated

Obviously, Azerbaijan was not content to import, with the support of Turkey, fighters belonging to the pro-Ankara Islamist militias operating in Syria. She also imported a taste for war crimes! Indeed, a video showing the summary execution of two Armenian fighters by Azeri-speaking soldiers was authenticated by the Bellingcat group, which specializes in collecting information by analyzing video and photo media. And according to the article published yesterday by the service, the video showing this execution, recovered initially from the Telegram network used by the Azeris forces, leaves very little room for doubt, despite…

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