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30 Aug 2016

Increasing Use of Ransomware May Threaten US Civilian Government and Critical Infrastructure Networks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has released a new Intelligence Report detailing the risk ransomware poses to U.S. civilian and critical infrastructure networks. According to the report: I&A assesses ransomware campaigns are spreading rapidly as a result of widely available access to ransomware or

29 Aug 2016

DHS Warns Ransomware Attacks Disrupt Emergency Service Operations

The FBI, DHS, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS- ISAC) assess it is very likely ransomware attacks against US ESS agencies could have negative implications for operations and services. These implications can include,but are not limited to, disruption of operational continuity as access to critical systems is

30 Jul 2016

Primer on Russian Unconventional Warfare in Ukraine 2013-2014

This document is intended as a primer—a brief, informative treatment—concerning the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It is an unclassified expansion of an earlier classified version that drew from numerous classified and unclassified sources, including key US Department of State diplomatic cables. For this version, the authors drew from open source

27 Jul 2016

FBI warns of ISIS threat to Western Banks

The FBI’s Counterterrorism Division has issued an executive memo warning of the threat to Western banks from Islamic State terrorists. The memo entitled “Non-Specific Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Threat Extends to Western Financial Institutions” and dated July 26, 2016 warns that: “Individuals inspired by the self-proclaimed Islamic

26 Jul 2016

Presidential Policy Directive — United States Cyber Incident Coordination

“PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-41 SUBJECT: United States Cyber Incident Coordination The advent of networked technology has spurred innovation, cultivated knowledge, encouraged free expression, and increased the Nation’s economic prosperity. However, the same infrastructure that enables these benefits is vulnerable to malicious activity, malfunction, human error, and acts of nature, placing the

16 Jun 2016

DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

The Department of Homeland Security has updated the NTAS Bulletin from December 2015, further highlighting the risk of homeland terrorism threats. “In December, we described a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed. In this environment, we are

03 Jun 2016

Detailed summary of the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Each year in a series of Congressional hearings, the Director of National Intelligence testifies on the US Intelligence Community’s assessment of worldwide threats. On February 9, 2016, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided this year’s first unclassified testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee where he described the current

31 May 2016

Why Lifting Nuclear Sanctions Will Increase Challenges for the Targets of Iran’s Cyber Capabilities

Executive Summary The lifting of nuclear sanctions placed on the Islamic Republic of Iran based on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has ensured the unfreezing of approximately $150 billion in ready assets, opening of long-term trade partnerships (already extended by several nations), and lifting of technology transfer sanctions.

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