01 Mar 2019

Osama bin Laden’s son is taking over as al Qaeda leader, US says

The US State Department is offering a $1 million reward for information that may enable it to track down Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, the notorious al Qaeda leader who was assassinated in his hiding place in Pakistan as part of a top secret 2011 US

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14 Dec 2018

State Department Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghanaian Police

“The State Department is purchasing some very specific phone hacking tools that it plans to turn over to the Ghanaian police force to assist the country’s investigations into international crime. The department released a solicitation Dec. 7 for phone hacking tools and hardware that are interoperable with tools used by

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21 Nov 2018

Russian Hackers impersonated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, cybersecurity firm says

“Hackers impersonated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert and another official, Susan Stevenson, as part of an effort to target hundreds of people in U.S. law enforcement and defense and law enforcement agencies, according to cybersecurity research firm FireEye Inc. The hackers are likely connected to Russian intelligence services, FireEye wrote

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02 Oct 2018

State Department: Don’t forget about threat of nuclear terrorism

National security threats can often look like fads, where everybody’s attention is focused on the threat sector or buzzword of the day, whether “communism,” nuclear proliferation, overpopulation, “terrorism,” climate change, border security, or “cyber,” and everything else sits forgotten. While it is fairly obvious that one threat does not disappear

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20 Sep 2018

State Dept: Worldwide terrorist attacks decreased by 23% in 2017

Terror attacks around the world decreased by 23% from 2016 to 2017, while the total number of deaths from terrorist attacks decreased by 27%, according to the head of the U.S. State Department’s counterterrorism office. This overall trend was largely driven by U.S. successes in Iraq, where terrorist attacks plunged

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19 Sep 2018

State Department Confirms Email Data Breach

“The State Department detected unusual activity in its unclassified email system that may have compromised some employees’ personal information, a department spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov Tuesday. The ‘activity of concern’ affected less than 1 percent of State employee email inboxes, the spokesperson said. There’s no evidence of unusual activity affected

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21 Jun 2018

State Department: Russia, Iran ‘hedging their bets’ to back Taliban

A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the

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04 Feb 2017

State Department Report on Gray Zone Conflict

The study addresses the challenges facing the United States from the increasing use by rivals and adversaries – state and non-state alike – of what have come to be called “Gray Zone” techniques. The term Gray Zone (“GZ”) denotes the use of techniques to achieve a nation’s goals and frustrate

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13 Oct 2013

Patterns of Global Terrorism 2001

In 2001, terrorism cast its lethal shadow across the globe—yet the world’s resolve to defeat it has never been greater. When the terrorists struck on September 11, their target was not just the United States, but also the values that the American people share with men and women all over

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