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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...