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Forensic Fact-Check: Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

November 8, 2021 3:00 pm Scott Stedman

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid recently answered a question about NSO Group, an Israeli cyber surveillance firm that sells hacking tools and was recently blacklisted by the U.S. government. The statement: “NSO is a private company, it is not a governmental project and therefore even if it is designated, it […]

Trick or Truth Competition

October 25, 2021 1:49 pm Scott Stedman

A big congratulations to the winner, Paige Edwards. Paige cleverly utilized numerous Open Source Intelligence tricks to get the right answers. You can see Paige’s entire research process captured with the Stone research transparency software below: Our runner-up is Lupine Valjean who came in a close second and will receive […]

Nonprofits Decry Texas Abortion Law but Quietly Funded it

Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Medical Association funded the sponsors of Texas bill SB 8, yet denounce the law.

September 9, 2021 11:05 am Adrienne Cobb

A novel approach to undermining Roe v. Wade created by Texas legislators went into effect last week, prohibiting abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Unlike all other so-called “heartbeat bills,” meant to ban abortions after electrical activity that sounds like a heartbeat is detected via ultrasound, Texas Senate Bill […]

NSO Group Affiliate Circles Sold Equipment to Uzbekistan ‘Secret Police’

September 3, 2021 3:03 pm Scott Stedman

[playht_player width=”100%” height=”90px” voice=”en-US-JennyNeural”]   Shipping records reveal that a lesser-known affiliate of the hack-for-hire company NSO Group supplied equipment in 2020 to Uzbekistan’s national intelligence agency (SGB), often referred to as a “secret police” force with a record of brutality and oppression. NSO Group creates hacking tools that governments […]

Israeli Spyware Veterans Quietly Hired Trump Ally to Lobby Homeland Security

Orchestra Group hired Ballard Partners to lobby the Department of Homeland Security on “issues related to cybersecurity," in 2020 and early 2021.

July 30, 2021 3:14 pm Scott Stedman

A company run by a founder of the cyber-surveillance firm NSO Group hired a Trump-allied lobbyist in 2020 to lobby the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Forensic News can reveal. Documents filed with the U.S. Senate under the Lobbying Disclosure Act reveal that Orchestra Technology, a company purportedly based out […]

Banks Flagged OnlyFans Owner and His Businesses for Potential Money Laundering, Underage Activity

Banks flagged Leonid Radvinsky's businesses, warning that he may be laundering money and providing platforms to underage and/or coerced foreign sex-workers.

March 3, 2021 12:17 pm Scott Stedman and Aaron Parnas

Before Leonid Radvinsky acquired the now uber-popular, sex worker-driven subscription company OnlyFans, banks flagged his businesses numerous times and warned that Radvinsky may be laundering money and providing platforms to “underage children, and other vulnerable individuals [who] might be forced to provide services.” Forensic News has acquired multiple Suspicious Activity […]

US Authorities Probing Wirecard Zero-In on California Businessman

Emails and chat logs also suggest that former Trump Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell may have met Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek who has now allegedly fled to Russia.

February 11, 2021 1:08 pm Scott Stedman

A businessman charged with large-scale bank fraud appears to be a central figure in the international Wirecard investigation and was reported to Cypriot authorities in 2017 for alleged money laundering. Companies controlled by Hamid “Ray” Akhavan, were also repeatedly flagged in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) in the U.S. and elsewhere […]

Lincoln Project Founder Accused of Harassment, Grooming

John Weaver sent sexually suggestive messages to at least two dozen men and offered political connections while asking for sexual favors.

January 13, 2021 6:29 pm Scott Stedman

John Weaver, a former top aide to Senator John McCain, Governor John Kasich, and a co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project, sent sexually suggestive messages to at least 30 young men and in some cases, sent unsolicited pictures of his penis, flew political ambitious men to his location […]

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