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Times of Israel TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than StuxnetBy TOI staff    Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in...

Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico

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By Associated Press  Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico: 'Violent' group from Central America carrying BOMBS and guns defies a huge police presence to cross the border from Guatemala as Trump deploys 5,200 troops The second caravan making their way up through Central America have members armed with explosives Had gasoline bombs made of soft-drink bottles, and improvised PVC tubes to launch fireworks  Mexican federal police briefly blocked the migrants from crossing the Suchiate River on Monday But the migrants soon defied the law enforcement presence and broke through into Mexico   Many tried to swim or wade across to Mexico, some while carrying children Law enforcement avoided a second day of violence, a day after a confrontation left one migrant dead   The second migrant caravan, believed to be armed with bombs and guns, crossed into Mexico on Monday despite a huge police presence. Hundreds of migrants following in the footsteps...
Military Times By: Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.Others fear the five, all of whom were close to the insurgent group's founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, bring with them the same ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that characterized the group's five-year rule that ended in 2001 with the U.S.-led invasion. "The Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership," said Haroun Mir, political analyst in the Afghan capital. "What...
CBS 12 by Maxine Bentzel BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Lone wolf attacks like the one in Pittsburgh have become all too common over the past few years.“Religion should build bridges of love and knock down walls of separation,” said Rabbi Silver.Rabbi Barry Silver is still reeling over the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.Silver's father-in-law lives and worships there and lost a friend, so it hit close to home. He said the community has been offering him support, but he knows now more than ever that he must do more.“We do believe we will need security now tragically in the short run. We will need security,” Silver said.Counter-terrorism expert Lisa Ruth said it’s just too hard for law enforcement to track down a lone wolf like the shooter in Pittsburgh.“A lone wolf attack takes far less planning for starters," she said. "You don’t have to have an organized center, a leader, a...

Report: 5,000 US troops to deploy to US-Mexico border

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American Military News by Melissa Leon The Pentagon is apparently set to deploy an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, officials announced Monday.Troops would be sent from Texas, Arizona and California, the Wall Street Journal first reported. The number is a sharp increase from the 800-troop deployment that was reported last week, as the migrant caravan that has built up to about 7,000 people heads through Mexico toward the United States. The caravan of approximately 7,000 migrants is trekking northward through Mexico with the goal of entering the U.S. Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico have failed to stop the caravan so far, prompting President Donald Trump to announce he would follow through with his threat and begin cutting foreign aid to those countries.President Donald Trump in April signed an order that deployed the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, when there was another, smaller migrant caravan en...

How to fight domestic terrorism

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The Hill By Joseph Moreno, opinion contributor Another mass shooting has left 11 worshippers dead and four police officers injured, this time at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the days prior, more than a dozen pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic Party figures, thankfully intercepted before detonation. Despite the heroic efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and our other law enforcement agencies this week, the violence that has rocked the nation may revive calls for more aggressive laws to detect and prevent domestic terrorism and other lone wolf attacks. But while such inclinations may be well intentioned, the answer to these horrendous acts should not be a slew of new laws that could potentially lead to government overreach and abuse.Public outcry following the attacks of 9/11 led to the swift enactment of the Patriot Act and other new...

Could Sending Mail Bombs Be Classified as Terrorism?

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VOA by Sirwan Kajjo Although it has not yet been determined whether the suspect in custody in the mailing of explosive devices to critics of President Donald Trump will be charged with terrorism, at least one analyst asserts that this week’s spate of mail bombs can be labeled as such for several reasons.Randall Rogan, an expert on terrorism and hostage negotiation and a professor of communications at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., laid out his logic: "I would define these acts as domestic terrorism — terrorism being defined as acts of violence or threat of violence against non-combatants for political reasons, with ‘political’ being used very broadly to be inclusive of religious, social and other ideological purposes, and this is domestic in nature."Rogan admitted, though, "The definition of terrorism is vague, with no truly universally accepted definition."The Patriot Act, passed in 2001 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, defines...
NOLA.comBy The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — A survivor of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre described Sunday how he and other terrorized worshippers concealed themselves in a supply closet as the gunman stepped over the body of a man he had just shot and killed, entered their darkened hiding spot and looked around."I can't say anything, and I'm barely breathing," recalled Barry Werber, 76, in an interview with The Associated Press. "He didn't see us, thank God."The gunman, Robert Gregory Bowers, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons during worship services inside Tree of Life Synagogue, killing eight men and three women before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him, according to state and federal affidavits made public on Sunday. He expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and later told police that "all these Jews need to die," authorities said.Six people were injured in the attack,...

Cesar Sayoc, mail bombing suspect, arrested in Florida

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By Jennifer Earl | Fox News A suspect who terrorized prominent Democratic political figures across the nation with suspicious packages containing “potentially destructive devices” was arrested Friday morning, multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News. The person in custody was revealed to be Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old who lived in Aventura, Florida. Photos of what many claimed to be Sayoc's white van surfaced on live television, as officials put a tarp over it and transported it, and later, in more detail, online. The van, which was parked in a Plantation, Florida, neighborhood, appeared to be covered in stickers and photos of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, in addition to other stickers about politics and soccer. Sayoc was arrested at an auto parts store in Plantation.The arrest comes days after a coast-to-coast manhunt for the culprit behind what appeared to be a mail bombing campaign. More details...
Department of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsUtah Man Charged in Seven-Count Federal Indictment with Threat to Use a Biological Toxin as a WeaponA federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned a seven-count indictment Thursday morning charging William Clyde Allen, III, age 39, of Logan, Utah, in connection with ricin-related threats.  The indictment alleges he knowingly threatened to use a biological agent and toxin, specifically ricin, as a weapon. Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney John W. Huber of Utah, Special Agent in Charge Eric K. Barnhart of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office, Special Agent in Charge John Gullickson of the U.S. Secret Service’s Denver Field Office, and U.S. Postal Inspector Jared D. Bingham, Team Leader in Salt Lake City, announced the indictment.The indictment also charges Allen with one count of mailing a threat against the President and five...

Prosecutors released new surveillance footage of the May gun attack on the Trump National Doral Miami hotel. The suspected gunman, Jonathan Oddi, is still awaiting trial. ...
FOX 10 Phoenix WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol.Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the border.The U.S. official was not authorized to speak publicly because the details had not yet been finalized and spoke on condition of anonymity. The additional troops are to provide what one official described as logistical support to the Border Patrol. This would include a variety of things such as vehicles, tents and equipment.There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon arrangement. Read more: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/troops-headed-to-the-us-mexico-border...
Statement on the FBI’s Investigation of Suspicious PackagesBetween October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at multiple locations in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida. The packages are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”The packages are similar in appearance, as depicted in the below photograph, and contain potentially destructive devices. The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap...

Advanced Cyber Security Risk Assessment Checklist

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by Lars Hilse Advanced Cyber Security Risk Assessment Checklist Here is the entire method the in a nutshell; the checklist plays into phase 1. 1. Cybersecurity risk assessment (getting a status quo) (Checklist) 2. Cyber Risk mitigation (mitigating risks based on status quo) 3. Vulnerability/Risk management (handling threats based on intelligence) 4. Cyber crisis reaction (getting organizations back up and running after a cyber incident) Download the Advanced-Cyber-Security-Risk-Assessment-Checklist.pdf  ...

Chicago Computer Engineer Charged With Aiding ISIS

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by Clarion Project A Chicago computer engineer and naturalized citizen from Iraq was charged with using social media to recruit operatives for ISIS, encourage others to carry out terrorists attack and spread propaganda to support violent jihad.Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, an employed computer engineer who moved to Chicago in 2008, faces a count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and was working in the IT department of a web development company at the time of his arrest.Prosecutors allege Al Safoo was an active member of the Khattab Media Foundation, an organization with a “sworn bayat, or an oath of allegiance, to ISIS.”According to an affidavit, prosecutors say:    “Al-Safoo and the [co-conspirators] were working at the direction of and in cooperation with ISIS and ISIS’ media office, created and disseminated ISIS propaganda, recruited for ISIS, encouraged...

People aren’t defeated by terrorism

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SPIKED Our study suggests communities are more resilient than we think. by Bill Durodié So soon after Mental Health Awareness Day (or Week for those in the US), it may appear a tad churlish to draw attention to the dangers of over-diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But a study conducted with my colleague, Dr David Wainwright, of the department for health at the University of Bath, and published today in The Lancet Psychiatry, does just that.Our purpose is not to upset people, but to review the history of academic inquiry into the association between terrorism and mental health. To do so we first compiled a list from psychological and medical databases of all the research literature we could find that linked those concepts together. After removing less relevant papers, we were left with some 330 articles, all of which were read and analysed.The first notable element of this exercise was...
Lurgan Mail by Carmel Robinson A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organization and dissident republican activity.The 34-year-old was arrested in Lurgan by detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit earlier today. He was arrested on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organization and possession of information likely to be of use to terrorism.He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.A PSNI spokesperson said: “A number of mobile phones, electronic tablets and a memory stick were also seized.”Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: “As part of our investigations into ongoing dissident republican activity we have arrested a man earlier today.“We will continue to disrupt the activities of those who wish to terrorize the community with their twisted ideologies so that people can live without fear.” Read more: https://www.lurganmail.co.uk/news/crime/man-34-arrested-under-terrorism-act-1-8672437...
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that the illegal immigrant caravan heading toward the U.S. could be exploited by cartels that control most of the illegal flow of people through Latin America. Ms. Nielsen also praised the efforts of Mexico and Central American governments she said are working with the U.S. to try to contain the caravan, rather than enable it. While some among the once-5,000 member caravan have given up and returned to Honduras, local reports say about 2,000 people have barged into Mexico and vow to press on to the U.S., defying the will of the Mexican and American governments. Warnings of a get-tough policy from U.S. officials have done little to deter the migrants, who for years have seen relatives and neighbors easily jump the border to enter the U.S. with little consequence. The ease of entering is a...
USA Today by Deborah Barfield Berry WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would toughen federal penalties against people who intentionally target law enforcement officers in attacks, including ambushes.“Sadly, we’ve seen a recent rash and an increase in violence against officers especially in ambush-style attacks," Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., said Wednesday. “We as members of Congress must show the law enforcement community across this country that we support them and the important work that they do day in and day out. We must also show that those who wish to target police officers with violence that those attacks will not be tolerated."The House voted 382 to 35 late Wednesday to approve the “Protect and Serve Act of 2018.”The measure proposed by Rutherford, a former Duval County sheriff, and Florida Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat, would make it a federal crime to intentionally assault a police officer with...
Canada Free Press 100 ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Central American Caravan Heads to U.S.By Judicial Watch In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation. Why should Americans care about this? A caravan of Central American migrants is making its way north. Let’s not forget that Guatemala is one of the countries that bombarded the U.S. with illegal immigrant minors under Barack Obama’s open border free-for-all. They came in droves from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free educationA terrorist could have easily slipped in considering the minors, coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), were not properly vetted and some turned out to be violent gangbangers who went on to commit heinous...