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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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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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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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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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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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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12 Nov 2015

FBI Arrests Virginia-Based Subjects for Plots Related to White Supremacy Extremism

On November 8 2015 the FBI arrested Robert Curtis Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, for acquisition of firearms by prohibited persons, and Charles Daniel Halderman, for conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act violation. According to the FBI, he purpose of the conspiracy was, in part, to rob and kill

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24 Oct 2015

FBI Warns of Black Market BioToxin Shipping Trends

In an October 16, 2015 Intelligence Bulletin to law enforcement the FBI has warned of the continued potential for biological toxins such as ricin to be shipped using covert tradecraft to obfuscate the mail contents. There have been several incidents in which individuals were arrested after trying to obtain biotoxins

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22 Oct 2015

10 Red Teaming Lessons Learned Over 20 Years

I’ve been a red teamer for twenty years now, perhaps even longer, but I didn’t know what to call it until 1995 when I started working with the Department of Defense. I’ve also been fortunate to participate in or lead hundreds of red teams within many divergent disciplines ranging from

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30 Sep 2015

Cyber Security Implications of China’s 10-Year, $250 Billion Latin America Investment Plan

The People’s Republic of China’s recently stated plans to invest $250 billion in Latin America over the next 10 years will likely have cyber security implications for U.S. private sector entities operating in the region. Such implications may include increased targeted intrusion attempts by China-linked cyber espionage actors,

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