May 2016 Security News
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 31 May 2016 [PDF]
- 10 Convicted for Somali Passenger Plane Bomb VOA 30 May 2016 -- A military tribunal in Somalia has convicted 10 people in connection with a bomb attack on a Daallo Airlines passenger plane in February.
- The Hidden Dangers Of The Fight Against Islamic State RFE/RL 28 May 2016 -- The fight against extremists from the Islamic State (IS) militant group is heating up on two fronts.
- North Korea Linked to Cyberattacks on World Banks VOA 28 May 2016 -- Cybersecurity firm Symantec has found evidence that North Korea is behind the recent string of attacks on several Asian banks.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 May 2016 [PDF]
- Islamic State's Ability to Inspire Violence Worries US Officials VOA 26 May 2016 -- U.S. officials are warning of Islamic State's ability to inspire violent deeds around the world, including in the United States, without commanding or having any direct contact with terrorists.
- Taiwan to set up cyberwarfare force CNA 26 May 2016 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬 ) said Thursday that his ministry will establish a cyberwarfare force to complement the country's navy, army and air force.
- Uganda Convicts Mastermind in 2010 Bombing VOA 26 May 2016 -- A Ugandan court has convicted the mastermind of the twin bombings that killed 76 people in the capital, Kampala, in July 2010.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 May 2016 [PDF]
- Almost 3,000 Russians Left Country to Join Terrorist Groups Sputnik 25 May 2016 -- About 3,000 Russian citizens have gone to join terrorist organizations abroad, Russian National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) deputy head Yevgeny Ilyin said Wednesday.
- State Department Terrorist Designations of the Tariq Gidar Group and Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran US Dept. of State 25 May 2016 -- The Department of State has designated both the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) and Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran (JDQ) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign entities determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 May 2016 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 May 2016 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 23 May 2016 [PDF]
- Paris Attacks Suspect Refuses to Speak VOA 20 May 2016 -- Top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam refused to talk during his first appearance before judges at a court in Paris Friday. A French citizen who grew up in Belgium, Abdeslam is charged with terrorism and murder for the November attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people.
- Pakistani police kill 14 al-Qaeda militants in shootouts in Punjab Press TV 20 May 2016 -- Pakistani authorities say the country's police have killed 14 al-Qaeda militants in two separate shootouts in the central province of Punjab.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 May 2016 [PDF]
- US Designates Daesh Branches in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia as Terrorists Sputnik 19 May 2016 -- The Unites States has designated branches of the Islamic State (IS, or Daesh) in Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen as global terrorists and imposed sanctions on them, the US State Department announced in a release on Thursday.
- Terrorist Designations of ISIL-Yemen, ISIL-Saudi Arabia, and ISIL-Libya US Dept. of State 19 May 2016-- The Department of State has announced the designation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL's) branch in Libya (ISIL-Libya) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 May 2016 [PDF]
- Cyber War Versus Islamic State 'Work in Progress' VOA 18 May 2016 -- For months now, U.S. government hackers have been setting their sights on the Islamic State terror group, intent on wiping the self-declared caliphate from cyberspace much like U.S. and coalition aircraft have sought to wipe it from the face of the earth. Yet, some of those helping to lead the virtual charge admit it is not yet clear just how effective the cyber efforts have been.
- Clapper: Cyberattacks May Have Targeted Presidential Campaigns VOA 18 May 2016 -- The U.S. government's top intelligence official says he's seen indications of foreign hackers attempting to spy on the U.S. presidential candidates.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 May 2016 [PDF]
- US Senate OKs 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia VOA 17 May 2016 -- The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would allow the survivors and relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 May 2016 [PDF]
- Why Islamic State Militants Care So Much About Sykes-Picot RFE/RL 16 May 2016 -- One hundred years ago, on May 16, 1916, representatives from the United Kingdom and France (with the agreement of Russia) met in secret and signed what has come to be known as the Sykes–Picot Agreement. The pact, signed amid World War I, divided the Ottoman Empire into spheres of imperial control, and is often held responsible for establishing the current borders of the Middle East.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 16 May 2016 [PDF]
- 5 Face Terror Charges Over Australia-Syria Boat Plan VOA 15 May 2016 -- Australian authorities charged five men with terrorism-related charges Saturday after they were arrested earlier this week for attempting to sail to Indonesia and then travel on to join Islamist groups in Syria.
- US Envoy: Islamic State on Defensive, Leaders 'Nervous' VOA 15 May 2016 -- The U.S. envoy for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group says the military push to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is progressing and that the militants are increasingly on the defensive.
- Germany Warns Russian Cyberspies Aim To Damage Infrastructure RFE/RL 14 May 2016 -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that Russia is trying to sabotage critical infrastructure through cyberspying.
- US Focusing Intently on China's Cyber Commitments VOA 12 May 2016 -- U.S. officials say they are watching closely to ensure that China abides by its cybersecurity commitments, following the first meeting between the two sides since they struck an anti-hacking agreement in September.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 May 2016 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 May 2016 [PDF]
- Minneapolis Terrorism Trial Focuses on IS Recruitment VOA 12 May 2016 -- Three Somali-American men on trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, face the possibility of 15 years to life in prison for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and commit murder outside the United States. But the trial also brings into sharp focus the radical group's global reach and concerns within the Somali-American community about judicial fairness and how that could affect collaboration with law enforcement.
- Scale of cyber attacks on Taiwan reaches 'quasi war' level: MOTC CNA 11 May 2016 -- Taiwan is encountering frequent cyber attacks, with the scale reaching the level of a "quasi war," the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday, although other Cabinet officials said that the situation is under control.
- Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda UN News 11 May 2016 -- Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.
- Islamic State Cash Flow Cut, But Still Considerable VOA 11 May 2016 -- Efforts to hack away at the Islamic State terror group's wealth are making good progress but are not yet close to crippling its finances, according a senior U.S. treasury official.
- Internal Rifts Could Impact Fight Against IS, Experts Say VOA 11 May 2016 -- While a U.S.-led coalition works to stamp out Islamic State-linked atrocities, such as Wednesday's bombings in Baghdad that killed dozens, concern is growing that the effort could be hampered by internal political turmoil in Iraq, as well as in Turkey.
- FBI Chief: Islamic State Losing Attraction in US VOA 11 May 2016 -- The number of Americans trying to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants has dropped since last year, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 May 2016 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 May 2016 [PDF]
- Afghan Officials: Haqqani Network Controls Taliban Command VOA 09 May 2016 -- Officials in Afghanistan say the State Department designated terrorist group, the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, has effectively taken over battlefield command of the Taliban insurgency.
- France Outlines New Plan to Fight Extremism VOA 09 May 2016 -- France's leftist government says it will create deradicalization centers around the country, sinking $45 million into a barrage of new proposals to fight terrorism.
- Al-Qaida Affiliate Goes on Syrian Offensive VOA 09 May 2016 -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria has redoubled its efforts against Islamic State with its fighters pressing attacks on a militia in southern Syria that recently swore allegiance to its jihadist rival.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 09 May 2016 [PDF]
- US Returns to Yemen to Help Fight AQAP VOA 06 May 2016 -- U.S. military personnel are back on the ground in Yemen in an effort help drive al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from the port city of Mukalla.
- US forces in Yemen to help Saudi coalition: Pentagon Press TV 06 May 2016 -- A US military force is in Yemen to help Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their alleged fight against al-Qaeda militants in the country's south, the Pentagon says.
- AF Reserve, ANG Airmen prepare for 2016 wildland fire season AFNS 06 May 2016 -- More than 400 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen from across the country gathered May 2-6 to be certified on the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System in preparation for the 2016 wildland fire season.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 May 2016 [PDF]
- Daesh can stage Paris-style attacks in US: Clapper Press TV 05 May 2016 -- The Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) group has the capacity of targeting the United States with attacks similar to those of Paris and Brussels, says the US intelligence chief.
- Intelligence Official: Islamic State Growing in Somalia VOA 05 May 2016 -- Pro-Islamic State Somali militants have grown in numbers and are receiving financial and military support from Yemen, a top intelligence official told the VOA Somali Service.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 May 2016 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 May 2016 [PDF]
- UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as 'excuse' to curb free speech UN News 03 May 2016 -- A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter "violent extremism" may be construed as the "perfect excuse" for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information.
- Obama: Decision to Kill Bin Laden Was Heavily Debated VOA 03 May 2016 -- The decision to hunt down and kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was a priority from the moment he took office, President Barack Obama says, but whether to actually undertake the mission was heavily debated.
- US Sentences Proponent of 'Hacker-for-Hire' Cybercrime VOA 03 May 2016 -- Nearly a decade ago, computer security experts found a new kind of malicious software that would eventually infect more than 1 million computers in the United States and Europe and cause tens of millions of dollars in damages.
- IS Threatens to Publish British Military Secrets VOA 03 May 2016 -- Islamic State has claimed to have hacked Britain's Ministry of Defense and threatened to publish details of British military personnel.
- Report: Sailors Pay Price as W. African Pirates Shift Tactics VOA 03 May 2016 -- West African pirates have turned to hostage-taking as regional navies grow more effective at responding to their crimes, a report from an anti-piracy group said on Tuesday.
- Saudi Arabia again warns US over 9/11 bill Press TV 03 May 2016 -- Saudi Arabia has warned the US against passing a bill that could expose Riyadh to litigation over the September 11, 2001 attacks after threatening Washington with selling off its US-based assets.
- Pakistan Slams Trump's 'Ignorant' Bin Laden Comments RFE/RL 03 May 2016 -- Pakistan has accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of being "ignorant" for demanding the release of a doctor who was jailed for helping the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama bin Laden in 2011.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 May 2016 [PDF]
- Why Islamic State Is Down But Not Out VOA 02 May 2016 -- Islamic State may have lost territory in Syria and Iraq, but the terror group has increased the tempo of its ground operations in both countries in the past three months, pulling off the highest quarterly attack total since it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014, according to a new battlefield analysis.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 02 May 2016 [PDF]
- CIA Chief: 'No Evidence' of Saudi Backing of 9/11 Attacks VOA 01 May 2016 -- U.S. intelligence chief John Brennan says there is "no evidence" indicating that Saudi Arabia gave backing to al-Qaida for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
- Islamic State Claims Killing of Hindu in Bangladesh VOA 01 May 2016 -- A Bangladeshi newspaper reports three people have been detained in connection with the hacking death of a 50-year-old Hindu tailor.
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