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Investigations Director @Cen4infoRes. Past BBC & @Bellingcat. Tutorials: OSINT/GEOINT. Human Rights & Information Warfare.
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Oct 7 7 tweets 4 min read
This video, reportedly showing an Israeli woman kidnapped, beaten and taken into Gaza, was filmed from Al Shuja-iyyah St in Gaza at about 10am this morning.

Geolocation: 31.503462, 34.466569.
@Cen4infoRes @GeoConfirmed @bellingcat

Verification 👇…
Verification of the location can be confirmed through the location of the minaret in the background, white dome in the near ground, and then the angle of the orange roof in comparison to the street.

Location: 31.503462, 34.466569.
May 10 17 tweets 9 min read
Lots of smoke rising over the skyline of Khartoum today as clashes continue between RSF and SAF forces in different areas of the city. People in Sudan have shared these flyers in a plea for help over what's happening with a water purification plant that services a lot of Khartoum with clean water.

It has been badly damaged and safe access needs to be granted to allow for repairs to be made to the plant. ImageImage
May 3 11 tweets 5 min read
Racial hate speech has surged on Twitter, Telegram and other platforms to incite, promote and justify violence against Ukrainians since Feb 2022.

Our research at @Cen4infoRes has identified these networks, who they are and how they spread. Full report:… Image The findings are based on data collected from Twitter and Telegram, looking at more than 1585 accounts and 480 channels and running follow up searches on numerous platforms.

Data was collected using keywords: Khokhols, Hohols and iterations used as anti-Ukrainian national slurs
Apr 24 24 tweets 21 min read
Last week I spoke at @journalismfest on how open-source intelligence is used to combat propaganda and uncover new information during Russia's war on Ukraine. Thank you for having me.

I promised to share a list of links to tools and sources. Here it is (I hope it helps) 👇 Image I often share digital investigation skills, cases and sources at events to help remotely answer core questions such as:
WHERE & WHEN did it happen?
WHAT happened?
WHO is responsible?
And HOW can it be visualised?

So let's start with the case studies.
Feb 8 9 tweets 4 min read
This is a running thread of satellite imagery showing the destruction seen in Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes. #turkeyearthquake2023

👇🧵 Image Nurdağı, Turkey - Feb 7

Nov 29, 2022 4 tweets 4 min read
In a few hours I pulled 3000+ tweets using China location tags #北京, #杭州 & #重庆. These tags are dens of spam.

Red lines indicate interactions between accounts (generally normal activity). Orange nodes are lone accounts, almost all of which spam the tags with dating ads. A quick summary on the accounts created seen in the network graph above.
- 555 of the accounts were made in Nov
- 463 made in Oct
- many have zero or few followers
- many mention "high end silk" ads in different ways.

That's just out of the 3000 I collected. But so many more
Nov 28, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
Over the past 20 minutes, almost 2000 tweets have been uploaded using the hashtags of major Chinese cities (such as #杭州), all with the text "I'm single, can I get a husband on Twitter".

All of the accounts have been made in the past two months, and have zero or few followers. This is happening during a very interesting period.

Namely, while content about the protests in China is being posted on Twitter, using the hashtags of the cities as place markers.

Here's some context on those protests…
Nov 28, 2022 4 tweets 4 min read
Hi. Our team at @MyanmarWitness has just published extremely insightful resources detailing the locations of Myanmar military air force bases, detailed guides on air assets, and a comprehensive guide on the small arms used by the Myanmar army.
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar One of our biggest resources is the Myanmar Small Arms Guide, the result of a huge effort by @leone_hadavi and others to document domestically manufactured small arms systems used by the military.

You can view it here:
Oct 28, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
Surprised to see recent reporting and govt announcements about 'illegal Chinese police stations', even though the information has been publicly available for some time.

Let me take you on a walk through the open source information 👇… Original reporting stems from @SafeguardDefend, who published this back in mid-September:…

It indicates a map of locations of where these police stations are located. Image
Oct 24, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
The 'evidence' presented by the Russian MoD claiming Ukraine is creating dirty bombs is completely unreliable. Image on the right if from as far back as 2016, if not more. ImageImage This one is my favourite. MoD claims this is some sort of proof of "Scientific research reactor".

Image on the left is from the Beloyarsk NPP in Russia and image on the right is a flipped version of an old clip about the Novosibirsk Scientific and Industrial Complex ImageImageImage
Aug 31, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
Pakistan's floods are an 'unprecedented climate catastrophe' with 1100+ people killed as a result.

Visualising flood damage is challenging, but satellite imagery tells an important story. I'm going to cover some of the worst hit areas in this thread 👇🧵 This GIF I've made from @Planet imagery shows Hala, which sits next to the Indus River, not far from Hyderabad.

The imagery you are seeing is two satellite images in a GIF visualisation. The images are from August 2 and August 28.
Aug 30, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
Satellite imagery taken yesterday (August 30) over Baghdad shows fires, shelters and security forces around the Green Zone as violent protests erupted following the resignation of Muqtada al-Sadr.

@Maxar imagery detailed in this thread 👇 Small fires seen in imagery taken over the Unknown Soldier Memorial on Arbataash Tamuz St, location: 33.311211, 44.390941
Aug 30, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Australian Govt agencies, news sites and companies have been targeted by a sophisticated espionage campaign in which Chinese Govt-aligned hackers posed as media employees… The campaign used phishing attempts claiming to be employees from fictional outlets such as “Australian Morning News” or real publications such as The Australian and the Herald Sun.
Jul 30, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
NEW @Maxar imagery taken at 10:49 AM today (July 30th) over Baghdad, Iraq, shows thousands of demonstrators trying to breach the Green Zone and head into the Iraqi parliament building. Thread 👇

Image shows crowds just near Tahrhir Square here: 33.325878, 44.406160 Crowds seen near Iraqi parliament building, some of the area is wet from the water cannons used to disperse protestors at this location: 33.316754, 44.393689 📸@Maxar
Jul 30, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Satellite imagery published by @RFERL shows resupply of Russian military equipment near Ukraine's borders, close to Kharkiv.

The buildup of Russian forces is in Urazovo (Уразово) in Belgorod Oblast. Location of first image is: 50.082136, 38.080165 Second image shows comparison of area between July 28 and June 19, location: 50.080361, 38.057587
May 12, 2022 10 tweets 7 min read
NEW INVESTIGATION Shows Russia's 79th Rocket Artillery Brigade launched Smerch cluster bombs into Ukraine's Kharkiv in late February.

The Russian General in charge of the Brigade was also responsible for bombing campaigns in Aleppo.

@CNN @Cen4infoRes… The investigation, a collaboration between @CNN and @Cen4infoRes, identifies Colonel General Alexander Zhuravlyov, responsible for the 79th Rocket Artillery Brigade. This is the same general who oversaw one of the most brutal chapters of Syria's war.
May 11, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
There are quite large fires burning in Russia's Siberia, as seen on satellite imagery from yesterday (May 10). Some of these fires appear to have burn lines longer than 3km.

I have edited the imagery to show where the burning is active with @sentinel_hub. 20km east of Churtan in Tyumen Oblast we can see these large pockets burning away. The southern most burn line extends over 10km.
May 10, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Twitter has just introduced a new policy aimed at dealing with 'copypasta' and duplicate tweets.

Looking forward to seeing this implemented in future local elections in India where pro-modi networks regularly run large copypasta operations.… A prime example of where this type of policy would have been helpful last year is this influence operation that used copypasta to push messaging in the Bengali elections to support the BJP and Modi Government.
Apr 10, 2022 14 tweets 10 min read
Pro-Russian accounts and 'fake news' sites are trying to claim that satellite imagery from @Maxar, posted by @nytimes, showing bodies on the streets of Ukraine's Bucha are fake, but in this thread, you're going to see how silly pro-Russian disinformation attempts can be 🧵👇 Image Many accounts have posted these claims that Maxar didn't have satellites running over Bucha on March 19. ImageImageImageImage
Dec 10, 2021 20 tweets 17 min read
Today we release a database showing WHERE, WHEN and HOW more than 38,000 buildings were destroyed in Myanmar's Rakhine State between 2017 & 2020.

Here is the data: Here is an explainer thread on the work by @ocelliproject @KayleighRuiter & @C4ADS👇🛰️ The data has been turned into a visualisation and interactive website by @C4ADS & @Jack_Mrgln. We wanted to make sure that this data is accessible to all levels of researchers, so please do click around and use it to further your investigations & research
Nov 24, 2021 27 tweets 17 min read
A coordinated network of fake accounts posed as Sikh personas to promote the Indian Govt, nationalism & label Sikh activists as terrorists.

They claimed they were #RealSikhs, but were far from it. News on our investigation:… Here is an explainer thread👇 What we know is that their aims were to label Sikh political interests as extremist, stoke cultural tensions within India & overseas & promote the Indian Govt.

So WHO are the #RealSikhs?
WHAT was their aim?
And HOW did they attempt to distort perceptions?