casino-hack
10 May 2016

Business email hack almost costs Washington casino $1,000,000.00 – other casinos at risk

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert to law enforcement regarding a business email hack that nearly resulted in the theft of $1m USD from an Indian casino in the state of Washington. The FBI warns that other casinos are potentially at risk given that the spearphishing attack

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Anarchist-Bank-Attacks
07 May 2016

Anarchist Extremist Violence Targeting US Banks a Persistent Threat

The DHS and FBI have released an intelligence bulletin regarding the potential for anarchists to attack U.S. banks during the upcoming political conventions. According to the alert: DHS I&A, the FBI, and DSAC assess anarchist extremists are likely to continue targeting the financial services sector based on a review of

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Powerplant-decommissioned
05 Apr 2016

Energy sector penetrated by advanced cyber attackers 17 times according to DHS

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an intelligence assessment regarding the likely impact of cyber attacks against the energy sector. The report notes: “APT actors were responsible for at least 17 intrusions against the US energy sector in FY 2014, according to ICS-CERT incident report data—the last full year

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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,

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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

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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

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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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inspire-targets
16 Dec 2015

Sectors Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine Has Recommended Targeting

Recent analysis from the Department of Homeland Security provides an indication of how AQAP’s Inspire Magazine has targeted critical sectors and with what frequency specific sectors have been mentioned over the publication’s fourteen editions. Transportation Systems, Government Facilities, and Commercial Facilities are the critical infrastructure Sectors most frequently identified in

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DHScables
15 Dec 2015

California and Texas major outliers in malicious attacks on communication cables

The Department of Homeland Security can’t account for why the states of California and Texas are suffering from a disproportionate number of physical attacks against telecommunication cables. In a one page alert, the DHS notes that California and Texas account for a combined 56 percent of malicious attacks with no

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Mexico-Plazas-header
27 Nov 2015

DEA Assessment of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations’ Areas of Dominant Control

The attached graphic provides an update to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) assessment of the areas of dominant control for the major drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) operating in Mexico based on a comprehensive review of current DEA reporting, input from DEA offices in Mexico and open source information. DEA continues

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