Sunday, June 18, 2017

Report Analysis: The New power vacuum in simple words at Middle East



Middle East is a world region that demands vast knowledge of history, geography, diplomacy just in order to get a basic perception of things there. This report attempts to present today's relations and status in Middle East in a simple languange and avoid complex meanings and matrix of international dependencies. This is in other words a simple summary for the people who are trying to understand what is going in those countries and why.

Friday, June 16, 2017

EUROPOL: Annual Trend report - 2016



Since 1 July 1999 - the date of taking up its activities - Europol has had the authority to deal with terrorist activities. Over recent years the organisation’s involvement in this area has seen a steep increase. The number of Europeans travelling as foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) to the conflict areas in Syria and Iraq, the intensive use of the internet and social media in propaganda and recruitment activities, and the terrorist attacks in EU Member States directed or inspired by jihadist terrorist organisations, have caused a major increase in the number of cases at Europol concerning “crimes
committed or likely to be committed in the course of terrorist activities against life, limb, personal freedom or property” - a development that is not expected to come to a halt soon.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

USA ODNI Report: Russian Intelligence Hack Report



On last January the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report that detailed what it called a Russian campaign to influence the election. The report is the unclassified summary of a highly sensitive assessment from American intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

OSINT LEVEL REPORT - ISIS HUNTERS GROUP

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During latest troops confrontations at Palmyra and Homs, there have been reports which described a special unit named as “ISIS HUNTERS” being active against DAESH fighters and other familiars. Their action was considered to be highly effective and achieved a number of multiple kills of Jihadi officers, especially those who were considered of foreign origin.
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

RAND report: Rolling Back the Islamic State



The Islamic State is a byproduct of the 2003 American intervention in Iraq and the subsequent American departure in 2011. At its peak in late 2014, the group held more than 100,000 square kilometers of territory with a population of nearly 12 million, mostly in Iraq and Syria. Beginning in 2015, the Islamic State began to lose territory as it faced increasingly effective resistance. Still, the Islamic State continues to conduct and inspire attacks around the world. This report assesses the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and examines four possible strategies to counter the group: disengagement, containment, rollback "light" (with a reliance on local forces backed by U.S. special operations forces, Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence assets, and airpower), and rollback "heavy" (adding the employment of American conventional forces in ground combat). The authors conclude that the United States should pursue a light rollback strategy. They also recommend additional steps, such as rebalancing counterterrorism efforts to address grievances, loosening restrictions on U.S. military operations, increasing U.S. military posture in Africa, and tightening restrictions in the Islamic State's internet access.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Analysis on Inferring Browsing Activity on Smartphones via USB Power



This paper,  shows that public USB charging stations pose a significant privacy risk to smartphone users even when no data communication is possible between the station and the user’s mobile device. 

Countering Violent Extremism USA authorities: Actions Needed to Define Strategy and Assess Progress of Federal Efforts



Violent extremism—generally defined as ideologically, religious, or politically- motivated acts of violence—has been perpetrated in the United States by white supremacists, anti-government groups, and radical Islamist entities, among others. In 2011, the U.S. government developed a national strategy and SIP for CVE aimed at providing information and resources to communities. In 2016, an interagency CVE Task Force led by DHS and DOJ was created to coordinate CVE efforts.