30 May 2017

Breaking the Mirror: South China Sea Policy Revisited

Series Introduction The current administration has a unique opportunity to reorient the United States’ strategic approach toward China and the South China Sea conflict, placing the U.S. and its allies on a path to an ideal resolution. To achieve this end, the US should replace the recent reactive, myopic, and

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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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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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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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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

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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

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