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December 29, 2016
Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity
On October 7, 2016, Secretary Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts. The statement also noted that the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia to influence public opinion there.
Today, DHS and FBI released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) which further expands on that statement by providing details of the tools and infrastructure used by Russian intelligence services to compromise and exploit networks and infrastructure associated with the recent U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. government, political and private sector entities.
full report here: Joint Report
Monday, December 26, 2016
On February 16, 2016, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order requiring Apple, Inc. to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in obtaining encrypted data off of an iPhone related to a 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California. Apple resisted the order. This particular case was resolved when the FBI pursued a different method to access the data stored on the device. But the case, and the heated rhetoric exchanged by parties on all sides, reignited a decades-old debate about government access to encrypted data.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Among the new challenges that the Atlantic Alliance has to face in the post-Arab Spring period, terrorism continues to constitute a central thread containing a concoction of problems that have not yet been solved. The new crises arising out of “revolutions” against the regimes in the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) have exacerbated already critical situations and heightened their effects. A case in point is illegal immigration and the overall context of social decay in the countries where the “revolutions” started.
report link: NATO Document
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The House Homeland Security Committee has released its November 2016 Terror Threat Snapshot, which details terrorism events and trends in October 2016. Among the key points: ISIS’ message continues to resonate with American citizens as more extremists plot attacks on American soil and attempt to travel overseas to join the terror group; the threat of the “terrorist diaspora” to the West will continue to grow, particularly as fighters flee from recent offensives in Mosul and Raqqa; Iran continues to take aggressive steps to threaten U.S. interests at home and abroad, particularly in the Gulf.