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Behind a Secretive Global Network of Non-Consensual Deepfake Pornography

Warning: This article discusses explicit adult content and child sexual abuse material (CSAM) One of the world’s largest online video game marketplaces says it has referred user accounts to legal authorities after a Bellingcat investigation found tokens to create nonconsensual pornographic deepfakes were being surreptitiously sold on the site....

Fri Feb 23, 2024 17:25
How a Leaking Barge Became an Oil Spill Disaster Off the Tobago Coast

Satellite images newly obtained by Bellingcat shed light on how a stranded barge at the centre of a major oil spill ended up aground and leaking oil off the Tobago coast. Bellingcat tracked the vessel, and the tugboat Trinidad and Tobago authorities identified as its seafaring engine, along an ill-fated, five-week journey using satellite imagery...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 14:07
Texas Active Club Leader Blurred His Face But Forgot to Scrub His Socials

This report was published in partnership with the Texas Observer. The Texas Observer and Bellingcat have identified the leader of a white nationalist group that distributed antisemitic and racist flyers in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Eagle Pass, three small Texas cities, over the last year. In an online conversation with the Observer, Rhett...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 16:01
Identifying the Mystery Vessel at the Site of Trinidad & Tobago’s National Emergency Oil Spill

On February 7th, 2024, a mystery vessel began leaking oil and ran aground on a reef off the coast of Tobago, one of the two main islands of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The resulting spill has coated beaches, wildlife, and over 80 kilometres of the Caribbean Sea, leading the government to proclaim a “national emergency”. Over...

Wed Feb 14, 2024 18:01
Open Source in Short: Retracing a UK Street 100 Years On

When an amateur restorer discovered slides showing street scenes from early 20th century Middleton – located near Manchester in the UK- he was keen to find out where exactly they were taken.  With the help of local historians, he was able to track down the location of some of the photos. But is there another way to identify where these historical...

Mon Feb 12, 2024 17:27
Uncovering Illegal Weapons Trafficking Trends in Latin America Through Open Source Research

The prevalence of drug trafficking, coupled with emboldened organised crime groups and armed non-state actors with vast financial resources, has turned Latin America and the Caribbean into hotspots for internal conflict and violence in recent years.      According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), eight of the 10 countries...

Thu Feb 8, 2024 16:15

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