Tactical Systems Academy, a law enforcement and military training company, tweeted the results of its facial recognition searches to reveal the identities of two Russian soldiers since the invasion into Ukraine began. It specializes in gathering intelligence via open sources, and its clients include the French Armed Forces and several police departments.
The company found the original posts from these Russian soldiers on Telegram, Russia’s messaging app. After Russian authorities banned several social media platforms, including Facebook, it is among the sole online platforms Russians can use to communicate internationally.
Tweets from Tactical Services stopped short of doxxing or sharing the addresses of the soldiers, only sharing their possible social media profiles on V Kontakte. The platform was created in 2006 by St. Petersburg’s Pavel Durov. About 22% of Russians said it was their favorite social media platform, according to a 2022 report.
Transportation Security Administration’s facial recognition software of choice includes Russia’s Findclone and Microsoft Azure.
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