04 Oct 2021

Kabul Faces Blackout as Taliban Don’t Pay Electricity Suppliers

“Afghanistan’s capital could be plunged into darkness as the winter sets in because the country’s new Taliban rulers haven’t paid Central Asian electricity suppliers or resumed collecting money from consumers.” Full Story: Kabul Faces Blackout as Taliban Don’t Pay Electricity Suppliers

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04 Oct 2021

Biden administration to convene 30 countries to crack down on ransomware threat

The White House will assemble a 30-country meeting this month to try to ramp up global efforts to address the threat of ransomware to economic and national security. Ransomware, increasingly cited as a top global cyber threat, has had a major impact in the United States over the past year,

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04 Oct 2021

China Evergrande Stock Was Halted Pending a ‘Major Transaction.’

“The stock of embattled property developer China Evergrande (ticker: 3333.Hong Kong) was halted in Hong Kong trading Monday pending an announcement on a “major transaction,” the company said in a filing. It comes amid reports rival developer Hopson Development Holdings is planning to buy around 51% of Evergrande’s property services

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04 Oct 2021

Pandora Papers Detail the Offshore Wealth of the Global Elite

A massive trove of private financial records shared with The Washington Post and other news outlets exposes vast reaches of the secretive offshore system used to hide billions of dollars from tax authorities, creditors, criminal investigators and — in 14 cases involving current country leaders — citizens around the world.

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04 Oct 2021

Facebook whistleblower reveals identity, accuses the platform of a ‘betrayal of democracy’

A Facebook whistleblower who brought internal documents detailing the company’s research to The Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Congress unmasked herself ahead of an interview she gave to “60 Minutes,” which aired Sunday night. Haugen pointed to Facebook’s algorithm as the element that pushes misinformation onto users. She said

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19 Apr 2021

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Exploiting TikTok

In a new alert, the Department of Homeland Security is warning that Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations have bee using TikTok to recruit, promote violence, and disseminate tactical guidance for use in various terrorist and criminal activities. The alert highlights several instances of TikTok being used in this manner and how these entities are avoiding detection and termination of their accounts.

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15 Jan 2021

Joint Threat Assessment for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

A new Joint Threat Assessment to the Inauguration notes that the most likely threat to the Presidential Inauguration will be from domestic violent extremists. It also highlights the role of foreign influence is seeding unrest in the United States.

The assessment was prepared by the FBI, DHS, USSS, US Capitol Police(USCP), National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium (NTIC ), Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region ( JFHQ-NCR ), Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) and the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center (NVRIC ), Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC), and US Park Police (USPP).

A full copy of the assessment is included for OODA Members.

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15 Jan 2021

Percipient AI CEO Balan Ayyar on the real world application of AI to critical missions

Balan Ayyar is the Founder and CEO of Percipient.ai, a Silicon Valley based artificial intelligence firm focused on delivering products and solutions for the most pressing intelligence and national security challenges.

Percipient.ai is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in Reston, VA.

In this OODAcon discussion Balan describes his approach to how to apply AI to some of the nation’s most significant/serious issues. 

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01 Oct 2020

The Nevernight Connection – The FBI’s Short Film on Cyber Espionage

Just in time for Security Awareness Month, the FBI has released a short film dramatizing the risk of cyber espionage.  Inspired by the case of former CIA officer Kevin Mallory—the professionally produced film details the fictional account of a former U.S. Intelligence Community official who was targeted by China via a fake profile on a professional networking site and recruited to turn over classified information before being arrested.

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07 Jul 2020

Cybersecurity Expert Admits to Espionage and International Kidnapping Charges

A long-standing cybersecurity professional Elizabeth Jo Shirley, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, has admitted to unlawfully retaining a document containing national defense information and committing international parental kidnapping, the Department of Justice announced.  Shirley attempted to sell classified information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Shirley previously had

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