30 Mar 2017

Iranian Presidential Elections: Suppressing Dissension through Cyber

Introduction During the next months leading up to Iran’s Presidential elections on 17 May, Iranians will see an increase in cyber espionage leveraged against their systems and accounts. This increase will especially target politically active citizens as well as prolific and politically vocal Iranian-Americans abroad. These attempts by Iran’s intelligence

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27 Feb 2017

Top 10 Security and Intelligence Stories of 2016

According to the logs for OODAloop.com, here are the top stories from 2016 ranked by number of page views. #1: 10 Red Teaming Lessons Learned over 20 Years by Matt Devost #2: Best Security, Business, and Technology Books of 2016 by Matt Devost #3: The Red Teamers Top Ten Books

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21 Feb 2017

The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf

“It’s been a couple of months since we first announced that Red Team Journal, Redteams.net, and OODALoop would be compiling the latest ‘Red Teamer’s Bookshelf’ jointly. For those of you who’ve been waiting, the list is finally here. It’s larger than previous years, so we’ve organized the titles by category

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09 Feb 2017

DHS report on how terrorists will target sporting events

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an intelligence assessment (dated 2 February 2017) on the potential techniques and tactics that terrorists could use to target sporting events. The report is based upon detailed analysis of sporting event attacks overseas. The report’s key judgements note that: “Five separate

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09 Feb 2017

US government warns that terrorists want to target hospitals

In a joint intelligence alert issued on 8 February 2017, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) warned that ISIS and other terrorists are encouraging attacks on hospital and other healthcare facilities. According to the alert: “Recent calls over the past year for attacks

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07 Dec 2016

Best Security, Business, and Technology Books of 2016

Dozens of times per year, I get asked to recommend my favorite books so I couldn’t say no when the OODA Loop team asked me to build on Mark Mateski’s popular Red Teaming book list by providing my top 10 books for 2016. I have very eclectic interests, so I’ve

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06 Dec 2016

US Foreign Policy: A Strategic Approach towards China Concerning the DPRK

Last week, a task force assembled by the Council on Foreign Affairs released a report on the current North Korea situation facing the U.S. and its regional allies. The report was conducted following the regime’s unprecedented number of ballistic and nuclear grade missile testing within a single year and

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11 Oct 2016

Inside ISIS’s English-Language Magazine

With the slow but steady recovery ISIS-held lands across Iraq and Syria, analysts are warning of a surge in ISIS-inspired attacks across Europe and the US as the terrorist group changes tactics. The latest magazine from Al Hayat Media Center, the ISIS media wing, confirms

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06 Oct 2016

DHS Warns of Regional Power Outages Associated with Hurricane Matthew

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a FOUO warning regarding expected wide-spread regional power outages as a result of Hurricane Matthew coming ashore in Florida. According to DHS, there is a 51 to 100 percent electric power outage zone that contains 34 electric generating stations, 279 substations, and 1

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04 Oct 2016

DHS Issues Alert on U.S. Election Hacking

The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued an Intelligence Assessment on the Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities to U.S. Election Infrastructure. The report, which primarily downplays the risk of hacking election systems appears to conflict with recent FBI Director testimony stating that at least 20 states have been electronically

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