Inform Napalm

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Inform Napalm
InformNapalm logo.png
Owner NGO
Created by Roman Burko
Commercial No
Launched 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Current status Online
Inform Napalm in Wikimedia Commons

Inform Napalm is a volunteer initiative to inform Ukrainian citizens and the foreign public about the undeclared war against Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, and the activities of the Russian special services as well as the militants of the so-called "DPR", "LPR", and "Novorossiya". The team members are engaged in a wide range of other volunteer activities. In order to inform the foreign audience, authors translate materials to dozens of languages, including Japanese and Chinese.

The website was created in early 2014 after the Russian military intervention in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. During the existence of the project, volunteers conducted two profound investigations of the Boeing-777 crash and gathered evidence of the presence of Russian troops in Ukrainian territory.[1]

TOP-10 Military Gadgets Involved in the Russian Aggression Against Ukraine. InformNapalm Infographics

The main activities of the project are collecting and analysing OSINT-information, found in open sources, including social networks. InformNapalm's investigation of 53rd Artillery Brigade commander colonel Sergei Muchkayev, suspected of killing the MH17 passengers, was used in the report of the Bellingcat research team.[2]

After the Russian intervention in Syria, InformNapalm began publishing personal data of Russian pilots who bombarded Syrian cities, and together with the media project "Visuals" created infographics containing personal data of crew members.[3][4] These publications have caused negative reactions in Russia, in particular, the Russian President's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has said that in response to the actions of the project "Russian special services will take all necessary measures".[5] In response, the authors of the site said that "every violation the ceasefire in the Donbass by the joint Russian-separatist forces will cause the publication of another OSINT-investigation with names, photos, tactical and registration numbers and other details and facts related to Russian pilots crimes during a military operation in Syria".[6][7] TV channel Al Arabiya compared this InformNapalm project activity with WikiLeaks publications.[8]

Surkov leaks[edit]

On 23 October 2016, Ukrainian hacker group CyberHunta published correspondence that it alleged was from the office email account of Vladislav Surkov, a political adviser to Vladimir Putin.[9] Volunteers from Inform Napalm requested additional evidence from an alliance of hacker groups that includes CyberHunta, RUH8, FalconsFlame, and TRINITY. They secured the release of a 1GB Microsoft Outlook data file. Inform Napalm reported that the hackers also were in possession of documents from 2015 and 2016 that were being analysed by intelligence agencies and were not released due to their operational value.[10]

The document leak included 2,337 emails from Surkov's inbox.[11] The emails illustrate Russian plans to politically destabilize Ukraine and the coordination of affairs with major opposition leaders in separatist east Ukraine.[12] The release included a document sent to Surkov by Denis Pushilin, former Chair of the People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic, listing casualties that occurred during 2014.[11] It also included a 22-page outline of "a plan to support nationalist and separatist politicians and to encourage early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, all with the aim of undermining the government in Kiev."[13]

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  1. ^ Марія Прокопенко (September 11, 2015). "Ввічлива зброя". День. 
  2. ^ "MH17 - Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Сирія. Інфографіка: офіцери ВКС РФ – військові злочинці Кремля". Inform Napalm. October 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Aktivisten stellen Putins Piloten an den Pranger". Bild. November 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Julian Röpcke (November 6, 2015). "Aktivisten stellen Putins Piloten an den Pranger" [Activists put Putin pilots to pillory] (in German). Bild. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ InformNapalm відповів Пєскову: «Наші публікації — шокова терапія»
  7. ^ Олександра Горчинська (October 21, 2015). "Кремль відкрив ящик Пандори. "Партизани" з InformNapalm розповіли, чим шантажують російських генералів і як зупинити Путіна". Новое Время. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ تسريب صور وأسماء وبيانات الطيارين الروس في سوريا موقع روسي يشبه «ويكيليكس» نشر أيضا عناوينهم وأرقام هواتفهم وتعهد بتسريب المزيد(In Arabic)
  9. ^ "КИБЕРХУНТА ПЕРЕДАЕТ ПРИВЕТ СУРКОВУ" (in Russian). 23 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Bjorn, Falcon (25 October 2016). "SurkovLeaks: 1GB mail cache retrieved by Ukrainian hacktivists (English)". Inform Napalm. 
  11. ^ a b Digital Forensic Research Lab (25 October 2016). "Breaking Down the Surkov Leaks – DFRLab". Medium. Atlantic Council. 
  12. ^ Murdock, Jason (27 October 2016). "Surkov leaks: Thousands of hacked emails reportedly from high-ranking Kremlin official published". International Business Times UK. 
  13. ^ Standish, Reid (25 October 2016). "Hacked: Putin Aide's Emails Detail Alleged Plot to Destabilize Ukraine". Foreign Policy. 

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