ISIS Reportedly Releases New Video Promising Attack on Washington, DC

From Gawker: A new video purportedly released Monday by ISIS extremists threatens an attack on Washington, DC and promises attacks on any other country participating in the ongoing airstrikes against Syria. According to Reuters, the video was uploaded on “a site used by Islamic State to post its messages” and has not yet been officially […]

Mindless Terrorists? The Truth About ISIS is Much Worse

From The Guardian: It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those attacks provoked are precisely what Isis planned and prayed for. The greater the reaction against Muslims in Europe and the deeper the west becomes involved in […]

Terror Threat Snapshot: Homegrown ISIS-Linked Arrests Increase

From HSToday: The House Homeland Security Committee has released its Terror Threat Snapshot for November, and it paints an increasingly alarming picture. The November snapshot focuses on homegrown Islamist extremism, terror attack plots against the West, foreign fighters, foreign Jihadist networks and terrorists’ exploitation of Syrian refugee flows.

Obama’s IT Security To-Do List For Preventing the Next OPM Hack

From Defense One: The White House last week issued a broad new action plan for closing persistent cybersecurity gaps that have plagued federal agencies for years…The “Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Federal Civilian Government” presents a long-term framework for shoring up agencies’ online security — but presents a waterfall of new deadlines in […]

Lawmakers Press TSA on ‘Alarming’ Airport Security Gaps

From The Hill: Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed Transportation Security Administration officials on “alarming” airport security gaps that federal watchdogs have said have been exposed in recent internal tests…The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report this week that found “TSA has not consistently evaluated the overall effectiveness of […]

UK Launches New Counter-Extremism Strategy

From HSToday: The UK government’s new one-nation Counter-Extremism Strategy launches today, October 19, to confront and defeat all forms of extremism. Parents concerned their 16 and 17 year old children are at risk of traveling abroad under the influence of extremists will be able to apply to have their passports removed, Prime Minister David Cameron […]

Teen Stoner Says He Hacked CIA Director’s AOL Account

From The New York Post: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them. CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page […]

Cyber-Attacks on U.S. Ports Risk Chemical Disaster

From The Stack: Concerns have been raised with respect to the potential threat of cyber attacks at United States ports which could release dangerous chemicals. The potential risk was raised by the Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich. Miller said that as a result of asserted security gaps left unfixed by the Department of Homeland Security, a […]

Cyber Legislation Coming Soon to the Senate Floor

From The National Law Review: It appears that the Senate may celebrate the fact that October has been designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by finally considering the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA/S. 754) on the Senate floor. The timing for the bill’s consideration is dependent on when the Senate finishes its debate of the […]

Homeland Security Secretary Defends Secret Service Amid Reopened Probe

From The Wall Street Journal: The secretary of Homeland Security voiced confidence Monday in the man running the Secret Service, who is the focus of a newly reopened probe into the misuse of private information about a lawmaker who has criticized the agency. Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy to praise […]