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University-Cyber-Threat
13 Apr 2016

Common Cyber Threats to Universities

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) assesses with high confidence that cyber threat actors routinely target universities, for the purposes of financial gain, notoriety, or entertainment, and often to gain access to personally identifiable information (PII) and/or sensitive research. MS-ISAC believes universities are inherently more vulnerable to cyber

Extremists
08 Apr 2016

Baseline Comparison of US and Foreign Anarchist Extremist Movements

This joint DHS and FBI Assessment examines the possible reasons why anarchist extremist attacks in certain countries abroad and in the United States differ in the frequency of incidents and degree of lethality employed in order to determine ways US anarchist extremists actions might become more lethal in the future.*

ISIL-LEO-Targeting
05 Apr 2016

ISIL Supporters Compromise of Law Enforcement Personal Data for Possible Targeting

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an bulletin regarding ISIL supporters seeking to compromise law enforcement data for possible targeting in attacks. According to the alert: “Individuals supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), who in 2015 began posting personally identifiable information (PII) of US military and

Foreign-Fighter-sunset
13 Mar 2016

Behavior exhibited by U.S. citizens looking to become foreign fighters

The FBI has documented the behavior likely to be exhibited by U.S. persons seeking to travel abroad and become foreign fighters for the Islamic State or other terrorist organizations. The indicators are drawn from analysis of recently arrested persons and the FBI warns that some triggers include constitutionally protected speech.

Amman-2005-attack
13 Mar 2016

Islamic State will target Western Hotels abroad

According to recent reporting by the FBI, “the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to hospitality and entertainment businesses frequented by US persons and other Westerners abroad likely will endure in 2016, based on a body of open source reporting. ISIL leadership, official propaganda,

Best-of-2015
01 Jan 2016

The Top 10 Security and Intelligence Stories of 2015

It has been another interesting and dynamic year on the security and intelligence front and OODA Loop was there to cover it all. The following list is comprised of the Top 10 stories on OODA Loop for 2015 as determined by the number of page views for each article. If

ISIL-Supporter
31 Dec 2015

FBI issues alert on 30 December 2015 arrest Emanuel L. Lutchman

According to the criminal complaint, FBI Buffalo’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) arrested Emanuel L. Lutchman on 30 December 2015 on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. According to the criminal complaint, Lutchman acted at the direction of an overseas ISIL member and attempted to commit an

terrorist-gopro
22 Dec 2015

DHS Warns of Increasing Trend of Live Video Streaming Violent Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security has released a new intelligence report for local law enforcement and first responders that highlights an increasing trend for terrorists and violent criminals to capture first-person video recordings of their attacks and utilizing live streaming broadcast services. According to the DHS, “So far in 2015,

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