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Trial delayed for police officer charged with terrorism

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ABC News By The Associated Press A judge has ordered a one-week delay in the trial of the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. ever to be charged with a terrorism offense.Jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Nicholas Young was a police officer in the region's Metro system when he was arrested last year in a government sting.Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered the delay after defense lawyers asked for more time to review a new batch of evidence.Prosecutors say Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards he intended for the Islamic State group, giving the cards to an individual who turned out to be an FBI source.Young's lawyers say the sting operation amounts to entrapment.Documents show Young had been under surveillance since 2010. Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trial-delayed-police-officer-charged-terrorism-51589395...

France: Islamism in the Heart of the State

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by Yves Mamou  •  Gatestone Institute On all questions dedicated to immigration and Islam, France's Council of State has become an Islamo-leftist body, dedicated to encouraging Muslim immigration and protecting the expansion of Islam and Islamism in France. The government wanted to expel foreign workers immediately after the cancellation of their work permit. Due to the Council of State, deportation was delayed by 24 hours, enough time to allow them to escape and become permanent illegal immigrants. Maybe the elites are looking for "redemption" after France colonized parts of Africa. They are forgetting, however, that it was Muslims who colonized the Middle East, the Christian Byzantine Empire, North Africa, Greece, much of Eastern Europe and Asia, Northern Cyprus and Spain. On October 25, 2017, the highest French administrative court, the Council of State (Conseil d'État), ordered the removal of a Roman Catholic cross from the top of a monument dedicated...

One in Three Americans Hacked in the Past Year

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Munich RE More than one-third of U.S. consumers experienced a computer virus, hacking incident or other cyber attack in the past 12 months, a survey by Zogby Analytics for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) reported today, and young adults 18-24 were the most likely victims.   The nationwide survey also found that victims of cyber crimes almost always spent money to recover from the attack, primarily to restore data and purchase software. In 23 percent of the cases, people spent between $1,000 and $5,000 per incident, while 56 percent spent less than $500.   “Consumers rely on smartphones, personal computers and tablets for virtually every aspect of their lives,” said Timothy Zeilman, vice president and counsel for HSB, part of Munich Re. “Their personal information is stored online and increasingly their home systems are connected to the Internet. The threat to cyber security for individuals and...
by Kemi Busari    The need for humanity to unite and defeat terrorism is urgent and Muslims all over the world must unite to lead the battle, the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said.Mr. Sani said this while addressing lecturers and students at the International University of Africa, Khartoum on Thursday.He lamented that the trend of terrorism does “not only represent a 21st century threat to global peace and stability but also Muslims and Islam.”The lawmaker charged Muslims to take the lead in fighting the menace and redeeming the image of the religion.“Islam is confronted by two dangers on two fronts, from the inside and from the outside,” he said. “The inside forces are those who manipulate and misuse the religion in furtherance of their extremist or political or violent agenda. And the outside are those with a mind-set set and conditioned to hate Muslims and anything associated with...

Soldiers guard Europe’s streets from terrorism

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Critics say that weakens them in war. Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum BRUSSELS — Green army trucks are rumbling across the cobbled streets of Brussels. Stiff-spined soldiers are patrolling the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Italian troops are guarding the Colosseum. And critics say the years-long deployments at home are sapping the ability of these militaries to fight wars.Taken together, the domestic deployments — to guard against terrorism — are among the largest in Western Europe since World War II. They come as European militaries are tapped to address an unusually wide range of challenges at once: a resurgent Russia, grinding conflicts in the Middle East, migration across the Mediterranean and smaller wartime deployments far from their borders.Confronted by terrorism, European leaders rushed their armies onto their streets in the aftermath of attacks starting in 2015. Although advocates say the deployments help bolster security, the peacetime duty has stretched forces thin. Until...

Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds

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SecurityMagazine.com A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access—every 39 seconds on average—and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success. The study, conducted by Michel Cukier, Clark School assistant professor of mechanical engineering and affiliate of the Clark School's Center for Risk and Reliability and Institute for Systems Research, profiled the behavior of "brute force" hackers, who use simple software-aided techniques to randomly attack large numbers of computers. The researchers discovered which usernames and passwords are tried most often, and what hackers do when they gain access to a computer. On TV and in film, these kinds of hackers have been portrayed as people with grudges who target specific institutions and manually try to break into their computers. But in reality, Cukier says, "most...
AFTER the Spanish terror attacks killed 14 people, here is a look back at the worst terror attacks in Europe since 2015. Express By Alice Foster Spanish terror attacks: Thursday August 17 2017A terrorist ploughed a van into crowds, killing 13 people and injuring more than a hundred, in Barcelona's Las Ramblas in the afternoon. Hours later, police shot dead five attackers wearing fake suicide vests after a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town south of Barcelona. Finsbury Park terror attack: Just after midnight on June 19 2017A van driver mowed down Muslim worshipers on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park mosque in the very early hours of June 19. One man was left dead, while eight injured victims were taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene.The suspect Darren Osborne has been charged with terror-related murder and attempted murder. London Bridge terror attack: June 3...
Washington Examiner by Anna Giaritelli Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified Thursday that the greatest global threat to the United States is jihadist groups."The primary international terror threat facing our country is from global jihadist groups. However, the department is also focused on the threat of domestic terrorism. Ideologically-motivated violence here in the United States is a danger to our nation, our people, and our values," Duke told the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on worldwide threats. "I also want to make clear today that DHS is not standing on the sidelines as these threats proliferate. And we will not allow frequent terrorism to become the new normal," she added.The DHS nominee to replace Duke, Kirstjen Nielsen, testified a few weeks earlier that she viewed cyberattacks as the greatest threat to U.S. national security."I believe one of the most significant for...

German Christmas market evacuated as device found

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BBC The device, that also held batteries and wires, was sent to a pharmacy in the city south-west of Berlin. Police initially said they found explosives inside, but later said there was no detonator. Last December, 12 people died when an Islamist attacker hijacked a lorry and drove it at a Berlin Christmas market. The device was found near Brandenburgerstrasse in the centre of Potsdam, which has a number of other Christmas markets. A police spokesman said an X-ray scan was conducted on the device, which found that it had nails inside. The Interior Minister for Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schröter, said police were searching the area in case more devices were sent, he said. More than 2,600 Christmas markets opened across Germany on Monday. They bring in an estimated £2bn (€2.3bn; $2.7bn) of business a year. The BBC's Damien McGuinness, in Berlin, says that there is an increased police presence in...
New York Times By ADAM GOLDMAN and CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON — A former militia leader from Libya was convicted on Tuesday of terrorism charges arising from the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a United States ambassador and three other Americans. But he was acquitted of multiple counts of the most serious offense, murder.The defendant, Ahmed Abu Khattala, 46, was the first person charged and prosecuted in the attacks, which took on broader significance as Republicans and conservative news outlets sought to use them to damage the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton, who was then the secretary of state. Yet the seven-week trial in federal court in Washington received relatively little attention from such quarters.Mr. Khattala was convicted on four counts — including providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to do so, destroying property and placing lives in jeopardy at the mission, and carrying a semiautomatic firearm during a...
Gatestone Institute by Debalina Ghoshal   Syria could, of course, also acquire nuclear weapons from North Korea. Syria already possesses ballistic missiles; the chemical weapons are already there. In the past, North Korea has shipped ballistic missiles to Hezbollah and Hamas via Syria; they will probably continue to do so, and to terrorist organizations as well.   North Korea is reported to be shipping chemical weapons to Syria. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has stated that activity has been intercepted during the past six months and that North Korea is also shipping conventional weapons there. Furthermore, a Syrian government entity, the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, has apparently established cooperation with the Korean Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID), North Korea's key arms exporter, and blacklisted by the UN Security Council Shipping weapons and chemical weapons to Syria brings cash-strapped North Korea hard currency, Meanwhile Syria, thick in a civil...
Findings Part of Comprehensive NTT Security Q3 Global Threat Intelligence Report OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has released its 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC) Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report. The report serves as the primary focal point for contextualizing, enhancing and enriching threat intelligence-related information across the NTT Security global client base. The GTIC Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report is uniquely situated to empower frontline Managed Security Services (MSS) SOC analysts, research analysts, network security engineers, professional security service consultants and incident response handlers to gather, share and apply threat-related information.  The Q3 GTIC Report provides details on the research conducted by NTT Security over the past three months and focuses on several different areas of research and analysis. One section of the report of particular significance entitled “The Face of the Insider Threat” reveals that approximately 25% of...
Written by Alan W. Silberberg   I. IntroductionThe world is seeing an ongoing multi-faceted cyber attack(s) (social engineering) that uses weaponized fake media, digital false flags and other digitally obfuscated materials. These attacks stem from nation states, paid hacker cartels and mercenary hackers globally. These cyber security attacks utilize social engineering, weaponized media and fake media. We have been studying these socially engineered attacks since 2009, and have created unique responses to them.   II.    Main bodyThe Green Revolution of 2009 in Iran marked the first known use of weaponized social media. The Government of Iran utilized Twitter to get western citizens to spread their propaganda.Fast forward to 2016, where USA itself was attacked through long term, dedicated weaponized media cyber assault on our democracy; and government alike by Russia and its agents. This attack continues with multi-faceted usage of fake media, bots, fake social media and malware laden content...

Terror threat to US rail puts law enforcement on alert

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ABC NewsBy Erin Dooley and David KerleyWith terrorist groups renewing calls for would-be attackers to target American rail lines, at least one local law enforcement agency in the U.S. is using drones to help guard against such a threat.The police chief for the Philadelphia-area's mass-transit system said he has known for some time that more than 140,000 miles of rail lines crisscrossing America are "porous" and had thought for a while of using drones to monitor the agency's tracks.He initiated the drone program after an article in the latest issue of al Qaeda's English-language publication gave step-by-step instructions for fashioning a "homemade derail tool" and claimed that railroads are among America's "easiest targets.""It is time that we instill fear and make them impose strict security measures to trains as they did with their air transportation," the publication said.The al Qaeda article prompted the federal Transportation Security Administration to send a...

Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

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Military Times By: Jill Colvin, The Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban tied up in courts.“Need the WALL, need the BAN!” Trump tweeted Friday before calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. “God bless the people of Egypt.”The attack’s aftermath played out as Trump mixed work and play in sunny Florida, golfing — quickly, he claimed — with pros Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, speaking with foreign leaders and tweeting briskly.Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before his attention turned to the attack in Egypt, where at least 235 people were killed when Islamic militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with...
Express GERMANY’S Christmas markets are to be protected by a “ring of steel” amid fears they could once again be the target of terrorist attacks. By Rebecca PinningtonA terrorist sworn to the so-called Islamic State killed 12 people when he drove a lorry into a Christmas market in central Berlin in December 2016.Tight security measures are designed to prevent a repeat of the devastating attack in the German capital this year. In Bochum, western Germany, organisers decorated concrete bollards blocking out pedestrianised areas, wrapping them up as Christmas presents with bows to make them look more festive.Meanwhile at other markets, there were security staff patrolling the market, and concrete barriers to protect shoppers from a copycat attack after the tragedy in Berlin last year.Germany boasts some 2,600 Christmas markets, which are famous around the world for their stalls selling candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and local handicrafts.They are beloved by...

New Year’s Eve terror plot thwarted

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news.com.au COUNTER-TERROR police have arrested a 20-year-old man at a home in Victoria over an alleged plot to carry out a terrorist mass shooting attack on News Year’s Eve. Ben Graham and AAP POLICE believe they have thwarted a New Year’s Eve attack in Melbourne’s Federation Square after a dramatic arrest yesterdayA 20-year-old was arrested by at a house in Werribee about 3pm on Monday by Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO officers.He is currently being interviewed in relation to the offences of preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.In a press conference this morning, Victoria Police say the man allegedly plotted to obtain a firearm to “shoot and kill as many people as he could” at Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve.“The allegations are that he was planning to commit a terrorist act and that he attempted to obtain a...

War On Terror Shifts to Attacks on Finances

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The Epoch Times By Joshua Philipp The war on terrorism is changing form, moving from battlefields to courtrooms, and from bullets to the finances that make terror attacks possible.In Afghanistan, on Nov. 19, the U.S. military bombed 10 of the Taliban’s opium production factories. According to Stars and Stripes it was “the first major use of new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents’ revenue stream.”The actions pull from a tried and true method of combating terrorism, which aims to collapse the organizations at their foundations, by disabling the complex web of front money-movers, organized crime, and “charity” front operations.“You see that the current organizations are evolving, thinking of new strategies, new ways to fight the West; and we have to fight back in similar ways—we have to think out of the box,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, a Tel Aviv-based law center that represents the families of...
RT.com Distressing images allegedly intercepted from messaging apps used by extremists have been shared by media. Festive scenes in European locations are depicted darkened by themes relating to blood-spilling attacks.According to at least two propaganda posters, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is planning attacks on cities in the UK and France. One of the images given exclusively to the Epoch Times multi-language newspaper by a darknet intelligence company, BlackOps Cyber, earlier this week shows a hooded figure standing over a kneeling Santa in what appears to be London's popular Regent Street.RT has blurred the captions on the pictures as they contain calls for extremism by IS. The terrorist group is banned in Russia. Online activists claimed they had obtained the picture from a terrorist instant messaging chat, adding that it's the first time they have seen this particular poster. The image also features a message in three languages (English, French...
Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi - The Globe and Mail CAIRO The Associated PressEgypt was reeling Sunday from the horrific militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai that killed 305 people two days earlier — the deadliest assault by Islamic extremists in its modern history and a grim milestone in a long-running fight against the insurgency led by an Islamic State affiliate.Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor have given accounts of the massacre that unfolded as more than two dozen assailants, carrying a black IS banner, unleashed gunfire and explosions during Friday prayers at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in a sleepy village by the same name near the small town of Bir al-Abd.The attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his sermon from the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500...