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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18 May 2020

Secret Service Warns of “Massive” Unemployment Fraud

The U.S. Secret Service has issued an alert regarding large-scale unemployment fraud relating to the Covid-19 crisis and targeting state unemployment insurance programs. 

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15 May 2020

DHS Warns that Conspiracy Theories Are Inciting Attacks Against Communications Infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an intelligence alert highlight the threat to communication infrastructures posed by conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to Covid-19. The alert highlights that DHS expects the attacks to increase as the disease spreads to include attacks against telecommunication industry workers.

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15 May 2020

Developments in cyber espionage tool looks to exfil from air-gapped networks

The cyber espionage framework looks to collect and exfiltrate information, even from air-gapped networks according to research by cybersecurity firm ESET.  The framework, which has been in development since 2019, has been dubbed Ramsay and exploits several vulnerabilities and includes capabilities that appear to still be in development and could

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15 May 2020

Inventory of hacked servers for sale on cybercrime forum exceeds 43,000

Recent cyber intelligence reporting has revealed that the MagBo portal, which sells cyberattackers access to previously compromised servers, is now listing an inventory of 43,000 hacked servers.  The portal provides access to hacked servers, with some belonging to local and state government, hospitals, and financial organizations and has firmly established

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15 May 2020

Law firm hackers double ransom and claim to have material on President Trump

The cybercrime group REvil has doubled the extortion ransom against compromised law firm Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks.  The law firm represents clients such as Lady Gaga, Drake, Elton John, Madonna, Robert De Niro, LeBron James, The Weeknd, and Priyanka Chopra. Despite the fact that President Trump was not a

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