Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hackable Talking Toucan Reminds Us That Smart Toys Are Bad

Until “smart device” makers get smart about security, it’s best to avoid these sorts of things. Best practices like securing your Wi-Fi network and changing admin passwords help, but you can’t do much about built-in vulnerabilities and back doors. https://t.co/epH5wiEkfH

Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Journalist Killed By a Car Bomb in Malta

This is being considered a political assassination, since this journalist was exposing political corruption. There have been a series of car bombs in the last month's in Malta, due most think to criminal rivalry on the island. It is obvious that the bomb was powerful, but investigators still have not presented much about the bomb. One report claimed it was make of Semtex, another TNT. Both are powerful enough to have caused this much damage, but with the supposed Russian organized crime involvement on the Island, Semtex would not be hard to believe. Even before the breakup of the Soviet Union, tons of Semtex have gone missing, lost, stolen, or provided to different groups, to include terrorist groups supported by the former Soviet Union. Over the years it must be said tons of TNT have also disappeared. From the field of debris, the bomb would have to be over 20 pounds of either explosive. A text message to a cell phone used as a remote detonator is being suspected to have initiated the bomb. She was leaving her home in a rental car, just minutes after posting her last blog.

H.R. 4581, SCREENING AND VETTING PASSENGER EXCHANGE ACT OF 2017

Legislation directing DHS to develop best practices for “utilizing advanced passenger information” for improved passenger vetting is something we’ve been talking about for some time. Security screening doesn’t wait until you get to the airport, folks. https://t.co/o63MDNcKjR

New York Pipe Bomb

Pipe bombs with gunpowder as the explosive filler are notoriously under preforming bombs. Yes, pipe bombs are used world wide by suicide bombers, many have a more powerful explosive filler, and do a lot more damage than this. It is possible that this bomb did have a homemade explosive in it, but failed to detonate correctly. This is one reason the ISIS bombers that are successful are held in such high regard, it is not easy to make these bombs.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

17 dead as suicide bombers attack Borno market

Just for perspective, these suicide bombers were young teenage women. Both just walked in to the market area and detonated their devices.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Since it's the holiday season and Christmas is coming up, it is worth while to review the most recent National Terrorism Advisory Bulletin. Inside the government there are a number of threat advisories being released. The biggest issue is fire (or ember) bombs. ISIS is telling its followers this is a great attack for this season. This appears to be a common thread in all the advisories, to the point that New York City Fire Department has joined with DHS on a joint warning. Basically you want to review your Fire Evacuation Plans, and do a quick review of your Fire Extinguishers to insure they are operational. After that just be aware. I would not change any plans, but keep your eyes open and be ready to respond. Always be looking for exits, have in your mind a straight line to the nearest one, then pick at least one more. Now that you have a plan, take the time to enjoy family and friends. Have a great holiday season! We wish you a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!


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Drones

FAA pushed to protect airspace from rogue drones

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6,000 Convictions Tied to Chemist Who 'Smoked Crack Every Day' to Be Thrown Out

When we train on insider security threats, this case needs to be example #1

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Ember Bomb

With this recent set of threats, the background they keep going to is the Inspire Magazine #9 winter 2012. The weapon discussed is fire, they call it the Ember Bomb. Inspire describes a number of ways of making it go off. They also go into what makes a good urban assassin. Issue 8 is about targeting, but most of the new threats seem to refer to issue 9 and fire bombs.

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'Bomb on board' wi-fi network causes Turkish Airlines flight to be diverted

While it may seem like an overreaction on the airline’s part, limiting exposure to risk (and liability) is a key driver in making these decisions. They must take all threats seriously.

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Cartel Violence Breaks More Records in Mexican Pacific Beach Resorts

It just keeps on growing. When will Mexican citizens wake up to what their government is allowing to happen?

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Norton Core: A secure router for your connected home.

The router is key to any home or business Internet security. We have not done any type of evaluation of this product, but it does have a lot of good features one would like to see in a secure router. The hackers will be the real test. With the claims Norton is making, I am sure it has become a key target. Stay tuned for more information.
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ISIS Teases Vegas in Upcoming Sequel to Original Film Threatening U.S.

The threat is real, but keep your plans, just stay alert. There's a real threat of ISIS using fire bombs, like molotov cocktail devices in high traffic areas for Christmas gatherings, Churches, Malls, even train, subway, and bus stations. Dust off your fire response plans, check your fire extinguisher for operation.
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Meditation Brings Calm to CEOs

Give it a try grasshopper, it's almost a guarantee it will help, from the first time you try it.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ICAO Council endorses new Global Aviation Security Plan - Skies Mag

This potentially has very large operational and security costs around the world. I think it is needed, it will be interesting to see how it shapes out and how it may be implicated.
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Rubén Moreira Valdez. - Wikipedia

http://ift.tt/2AgZmZh. This is a big part of the problem in Mexico, this mid level Political hack, has his own Wikipedia page, and he is a corrupt Cartel backing clown. When you can Google reports stating his corruption, and even naming his other criminal contacts. It's hard to believe in the Mexican government at all. In the USA we are finding many people knew about the people being outed for sexual harassment, a major reporter Ms. Roberts stated that all women reporters knew about Conyers, and not to get into an elevator alone with him. As bad as that is, in Mexico the President, the Police and apparently the world knows of Mr. Valdez's working with the Cartel yet he walks around free,apparently even into the USA,without being arrested. So how does this work?
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Surveillance Video of Kidnapping in Reynosa

Surveillance video of a daylight kidnapping last month just across the river in Reynosa. They act like no one can stop them, it is just another day of business.. https://youtu.be/Rdejw__GB0w
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Christmas Threat Against Times Square in New ISIS Santa Poster

I would take the threat seriously, but would not change any plans, just keep your eyes open for something kicking off.
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The truth of Lupe Trevino

The reason this is so pertinent to today is, one the truth behind everything said, Sheriff Lupe Trevino did go to jail, but plead guilty to a lessor offence, and will get out soon, two this type of corruption is still going on down here in the valley, three the kidnappings are continuing, and the teams of enforcers for the cartels that also worked with Hidalgo Sheriff's group known as the Panama Unit (over seven of these corrupt law enforcement are still in jail) are still operating on the USA side of the border, with additional help from paid prison and street gang members. It is a fairly short video, but it is a true case depicted here, and it happen perhaps a year before the Sheriff Lupe Trevino was arrested convicted, and now could be released any day now.
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Feds: U.S. Group Kidnapped Arizona Man for Mexican Cartel

Those of us down in the Rio Grande Valley all have stories of this type of kidnapping and moving the victim into Mexico, There is even a prescribed method, of kidnapping them and moving the victim up north a few miles to wait to see what the Border Crossing security does. If they do not detect any uptick in security they then move the person down and then over the border. In most cases they use a mix match team of locals from both sides of the border to accomplish the grab and the movement over the border.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'

This will be interesting to follow, the Saudi backed clergy, a Whabi, based and funded religious sect is what has been the basis for such radical Islamic groups as ISIS, and AQ. The lower Saudi Princes could use this to join with the Clerics to overthrow the ruling party of Saudi.
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Justices to weigh cell phone privacy in landmark case

This is a very important case, it will have ramifications on everyone's on line privacy issues, it really doesn't matter what side of the issue your on, there's going to be nashing of teeth. The part that gets confusing is that Google and others already have this data, and are gaining more every second you are on line and you have signed away your rights to let them use and sell the data in anyway they want. A Google or Facebook, or any application provider can have an employee or friend of a service provider, target an search for everything on you. They can do this with only a possible loss of job, not because any law was broken but some rule the company has in place. A Federal employee that targets a search like that for anything but a valid case they are working on, can not only lose their job but face criminal charges as well. Plus even if they gather the data for a legal case, if they divulge it to someone not involved in the case, they can loose their job and still face criminal charges. So tell me again why we are so scared if they have access to data the social media folks, employee's and friends not only have access to but sell.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Woman accused of mailing explosives to Gov. Abbott, Pres. Obama

The victim's are all very lucky, the Presidents mail is always screened, I would have thought that the Governors was as well. As far as package bombs go it appears from what has been released, that the devices had fireworks flash powder as the flammable mechanical confined explosive. Much like those used in the Boston Marathon bombs. The cell phone is a little strange since the charging document states that the devices where victim operated devices, which most if not all letter and package bombs are made of, but the cell phone is not necessary for a device like this to operate. Anyone that has been to an ESI Bomb class knows how to safely deal with letter and package bombs. If you feel that you or your office maybe the target of one of these devices, then contact CTI, ,or any of my ESI students in your area for training, and the development of a procedure and plan for dealing with device's like these. If handled properly no one should ever be harmed by these devices.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

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Here is an older CTI training power point video, from our YouTube Channel During the holiday season we get asked about tips like these all the time. I hope this help you and yours stay safer this year.https://youtu.be/qSdtMLVsMLs
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Threats in the crowd

As we go about our shopping and to events during this Christmas Holiday Season, it helps to keep your eyes open for what threats are out there. You will not catch them all, but with practice you will catch some, and that may keep you and yours safer.
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Border Patrol agents arrest tocayos accused of transporting marijuana for 'El Whiskey'

This 18 year old is going to pay for this lack of judgement for the rest of his life, the other is already probably a lost cause. Our young men here in the valley need understand the ramifications of hanging out with folks, even family members that can get them into this kind of trouble. You Parents need to watch out for these relationships and try and stop them, before they lead your child into problems that will mess up their lives for ever. This often could require the parents to turn in the bad influance if they see him doing anything wrong. A simple weapons charge, or even smoking marijuana illegally should be reported anything to break up the link between problem people and your kids. It can be difficult, the offender maybe a close family friend, even a relative, but the other side of the coin is an incident like this hurting your child for the rest of his or her life. I hear to often the excuse it was just a friend, I do not know how it all went so wrong. This is how it all goes so wrong.
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Bomb Kills Top Police Officer, His Guard In Pakistan

This suicide bomber used a small motorcycle to approach and attack the vehicle. It is still not certain where the bomb was detonated. the only physical damage seems to be to the front of the vehicle. But it is hard to see from the photograph. The front damage could well have been from the vehicle after the bombing running into something else. It also appears that a lot of fire was involved, more information is needed. At least two others in the vehicle did survive the attack, and are in hospital.
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Mom puts recorder in child’s backpack to catch bullying, now faces felony charge

Those that have been in my ESI class on Counter Espionage, know the legal implications of what this mother did. Recording audio conversations with out consent of any of the parties. Where I am glad the charges have been made, it will be a stretch to see, one a conviction, and two if a conviction then any real punishment. A lot will come down to how the recording would have been used, which will be hard to prove since the recording device was taken before the Mother had a chance to hear it. I hope her lawyer talks to her about what to claim to make about what she was going to do with the recording. If she was just going to listen to what her daughter said or heard, then we get into a grey area, and least in my mind. She is aloud to question her daughter about what was said to her that day. An interesting defense would be to say, my daughter can not remember every word she heard, so she recorded it to bolster her memory. In any case the Mom should walk away Scott free.
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At least 184 dead in Egypt mosque attack

The news is still breaking on this attack, the main reason is the location of the site, it is quite a way from easy media access. Two quick takeaways to put in your mental planning tool box, they used the bombs to start a mass exodus from the mosque and into the shooters that exited SUV's to kill as many escaping the blast. It would be a difficult set of options, wait to see if another bomb goes off, or run outside and look for cover. The location of the mosque and nearby buildings makes escaping to cover difficult. It is a difficult decision but your only cover in some situations like this are the fallen, lay down behind them, and wait for an option to run. The toll has just reached 235 dead, which I think makes it the most deadly attack in Egypt.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

As drugs flood into Gaza, Hamas to get tougher on smugglers

It was difficult to understand the level of drug addiction inside the Gaza Strip. Kut a milder form of mary Jane, is grown inside the Strip, but all other drugs make it in as well. Hamas may have a goal of no drugs and it does fit their strict version of Islam, but addiction is nasty in how it invades any society, even Hamas. It's a hard call if a brother or son have a problem, for reasons many would consider compelling. Life is hard inside the strip, but the lack of hope let alone a viable future makes it a mental strain difficult for anyone, even a Hamas supporter. Then quickly addiction takes hold, what was an attempt to escape or deaden a mental pain is now a problem of it's own.
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Israel thwarts attempt to smuggle tons of explosive material into Gaza

When this crossing opened it was the preferred Israel option for entry into the Southern Gaza Strip, the Palestine option was the Rafah crossing both within 2 clicks of each other. We opened the Rafah crossing first the Karem Shalom crossing was forced on the Palestine Authority to accept humanitarian supplies when the main supply crossing closed down because of threats. In the past construction supplies came through another crossing, but that was for supplies from Israel, supplies from Egypt would need a lot more scrutiny. This type of chemical analysis was not available at any Gaza crossing, but a version of it is available at most USA airport's these days. Take a look at the makeup of the wall in the pictures.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Police: MS-13 gang member arrested for murder; victim stabbed over 100 times

No place is free from the gang violence of MS-13, from California to Washington DC hundreds of murders have been committed by these out of control vicious criminals. They are also major players in the human trafficking business, with prostitution teams moving girls as young as 12, from city to city. They make deals with the Cartel human traffickers that bring people over from Mexico, and as soon as they get in the USA, they are sold to, in some cases MS-13 Gangs. But the MS-13 gangs also recruit young girls locally, initiation first in to the gang, then into prostitution.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ISIS Releases Detailed Plan for Barron Trump's Assassination

This just shows how depraved ISIS followers are. Just the threat has to be troubling to the young man and his family. Our prayers go out to him and his family. May ISIS go down in flames for making a threat like this.
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Monday, November 20, 2017


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Oklahoma City Bombing-Engineering Animations

During my bomb classes that I teach for ESI and other groups, the question of the Oklahoma City bombing always seem to come up. Here is a version of an Engineering animation of the blast, notice the blast tears into the structure for a few floors in the front, then as the columns fail along with the 4 foot by 4 foot steel reinforced beam running on top of the exposed columns is broken up, leaving nothing holding up the rest of the front of the building, and the failures resulting in gravity produced the rest of the damage to the building. In the second set of columns in from the blast only one gave way, the other are further into the building that you see failure was the elevator shafts to the building. When people talk about progressive collapse of a building, they are pointing to failure of the second row, or even third or fourth rows of columns, which in this case did not fail. You can see the gravity pulling down parts of the building , but if you go back and look, the second row of columns held, to the point peoples desks could be see still in place just the other side of the columns that did not fail. If you watch some of the first videos of the scene, you can see people walking up and looking out from the parts of the building past the second columns. I have seen a few versions of the engineering animations, but this is one of the most accurate available.
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Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

This is long overdue, President Bush removed them from the list as part of an elaborate deal to stop their Nuclear program. We also paid them a lot of money to get them back on their feet again, which has been done time and time again to get NK to stop the Nuclear bomb program. Each time the North Koreans have gone back on their deals. Good move on President Trumps part, but it remains to be seen if this will have any effect on calming the waters in North Korea, those that say it will just make things more difficult, fail to understand that the only reason NK has not gone further yet, is they lack the capability. But their push to gain the capability has been moving forward the entire time, since before Carter was in office. Their tests are just that tests, that anyone pushing a program would have to do, that he speaks war rhetoric as he does them only helps him with his own people, and perhaps scares the rest of the world a bit. To attribute any forward progress in the NK Nuke program to Trumps banter with their President, is foolish, this guy has never stopped moving forward, and they probably will not stop, until stopped. That will be the question how far will someone have to go to stop them, just bombing, or a nuclear bomb. Both will cause a lot of innocent deaths in NK, but to wait for NK to launch what ever type of nuclear bomb they can will cause a lot of deaths as well, plus spread a radiation cloud over a generation of the world that has not faced it before. Any device NK will throw, will most likely end in an lower order nuclear detonation, which is like a nuclear dirty bomb on steroids, if it happen to Guam or another smaller island it could make in uninhabitable for the near, to long term future.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Toy Grenade Causes Scare, Evacuation At Miami International Airport

Let's be very clear, these devices can look very real, and handling this as a live device, till determined not is the proper response. Closing down the whole north terminal seems to be an over kill response. If this had been an active device, it's kill radius is very small, it's damage radius is larger, but limited. Where the bathroom was along the concourse would make a difference in how much of the terminal concourse had to be evacuated, but closing a whole terminal would seem excessive. Coming up on the Christmas Holiday Season means an increase in flight traffic, and a few hours delay can have a catastrophic effect on the whole air traffic system. Airports and TSA needs to reevaluate their bomb response. The bad guys are watching, if they can bring down parts of the air traffic system with mock device's of this size, then they have an attack that works. They have a magazine addition out that just covers how much cost they caused with an expenditure of less than a thousand dollars. That's part of their considered of an successful attack, less than one thousand spent, with a three billion response cost. TSA has bomb experts at most airports and available to all airports, they can help evaluate, and offer a realistic response to the possible threat.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

In Rio de Janeiro, ‘Complete Vulnerability’ as Violence Surges

It's hard to believe that at the moment Rio has more problems with violence than Mexico, but Mexico is on it's way to catch up again. Mexico's Cartels have had more control over their staff in the past, but with the arrests and deaths of many of the old leaders, control has broken down. This is making Mexico more like the cartel gangs of Brazil.
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Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

Just to make sure that you know, here in the USA, if used incorrectly, and incorrectly depends a lot on the State you are in, can get you arrested as well. Germans, may be over reaching a bit by destroying the watches, but you have to realize the history of Germany, and big brother recording problems. Still there's so many things you can record with these days it's almost impossible to stop them all. I have two watches that record audio, all my MP3 players record, two of my flash drives record audio, and on and on. 4 of my pens record audio, 2 record video as well. If any of you have been to one of my TSCM courses, you have had to find many of these devices in the past, for your final exams. Interestingly, before the Wall came down I used to buy espionage devices in German airports as I flew through. I would stop by the Electronic stores and stock up on my training aids for my counter espionage classes, now days I just use the Internet. In Tokyo, Japan, I used to buy an espionage device called the tarantula, along with a cheap Japanese FM radio to listen to it with, their FM band is a little bigger than ours, so you could tune the tarantulas to work outside our FM band so passersby's could not listen to the bugs. Your phone also records audio and if needed video, those old android phones you no longer use work well as recorders, and with the proper app installed can be used as WIFI transmitters as well. Ah the world of espionage is expanding by the day.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

US warns of Christmas terror threat in Europe

Anyone traveling to Europe this Christmas season should take this warning seriously, don't change your plans, just be aware of what is going on around you. Plan constantly in your mind how you would exit an area if an incident started off. Look for people acting suspicious, loitering around but constantly looking out for anyone that could be noticing them, like police, or you. Bad guys from terrorists to purse snatchers, all behave in similar ways, always looking for someone noticing them, ,standing around trying to look like they are supposed to be there, but still looking around for the police or other security at all times.
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Explosive device planted underneath car in Blackstone - The Boston Globe

As any of my students can tell you, that have been to one of my ESI bomb classes, placement and size are critical to have a good chance of hurting let alone killing someone. Luckily incompetent bombers are around like this one. He may not be so lucky next time. Learning about bombs is critical to survival when you are in a threatening situation. In this case the victim says he didn't feel threatened, it will be interesting to follow this story, stay tuned.
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3D scanners can 'digitally unpack' carry-ons and transform airport checkpoints with better, faster security

TrentonScottH : The wave of the future in #aviationsecurity, will be more common as CT scanning tech gets smaller, smarter & lighter https://t.co/ZhHFMPO1m4
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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

This has been going on for years, I like the one quote in the article: "France is the Empire of Evil in terms of technology theft, and Germany knows it" and most in the Espionage business know it. They tend to keep a low profile most of the time, but they have their hands in a lot pots out there. They have been caught in Houston Tx, New York City, Chicago, and LA. Of course the normal hot spots for espionage Washington DC and it expansive area of Md. and Va. have not been spared. They have stolen mainly technology for economic advances of French Companies, Defense and Computers being the principal targets. But like Cuba they steal anything and sell most of it to other countries.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

SICARIOS de CARTEL del GOLFO a PUNTO de MATAR a SEÑORA y BEBE en TIROTEO a SEGURIDAD PUBLICA en REYNOSA...ocultan los hechos.

If you are doing any work in Mexico, especially up around the Reynosa area, be aware advise we often give to clients here in the States is to get to a police station, which is what this person fleeing a vehicle firing at them did. The gunmen continued to follow the can and to continue to shoot, hitting the building and another car with two women and a baby in it. Nothing seems to deter these clowns in Mexico, so please be on the alert.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bag stolen at OR Thambo airport while man rents a car

Not the greatest video, but this should be watched by all airport workers. It is a classic two man team taking a bag right in front of everyone. Notice the setup they are at a seating location near the airport car rental counters keeping a watch out for possible victims. When they see one they start to move over to him. First the one tries it, does not feel it is going to work, so his partner sets up a distraction, letting the first man grab the bag. Now notice how he positions it so if the man or the counter clerk take a look at him the bag is not showing, His partner delays for a second but then becomes another shield with his body from the victims should he turn around to see the bag. Now notice that they have a route that takes them out of sight of the victim and the clerks very quickly making even the direction of travel out of the airport a problem for witnesses. This should be a training video for all airport, bus terminals any where this type of bag snatch can happen.
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Criminals Take Advantage Of Holiday Travel

Another threat during the Christmas Holiday season especially along the border cities in Tx is kidnapping, all types from threats like extortion that was really big in the past few years, where calls are made to potential victims either threatening to kidnap them or a loved one, or actual kidnapping. It is something we all need to look out for as we shop and go to parties. Being a little under the influence after a party brings down our awareness of what is going on around you, and this could be the opportunity the attacker is looking for.
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Surveillance video shows attempted purse snatching at Eastland Mall

As the Holiday Christmas season approaches we all need to be on the look out for these types of crimes. If you look at the scene before the attack occurs, watch how the two attackers, have already identified the victims, have a place that they can make last second coordination behind the large column, and then attack, with a set open field get away already part of the plan. Remember they plan, if only for a few seconds or in this case a few minuets if not hours to find the right situation, wait for the right victims, and then attack. If you watch a number of these surveillance videos, and you tube has a lot of them, you can start to pick up on the pre attack actions of these folks. There is always that looking around to see if anyone is watching, like security, police, even you, if your paying attention to them, then that move to get in close with out being noticed, and then bang they are off. I have taken clients into Malls and Hotel lobbies to show them what to be looking for. It does not take to long to figure out the body language of predators looking for victims. If you understand the process, you can see them set up in an area that allows them the ability to scout out victims, it also has to be an area that they can either leave quickly like these two girls did, or get out of view of the victim as you see in most cases. There is always a bit of opportunistic parts to a purse snatcher, but they do plan on making the most of the opportunity, and usually have the uncanny ability to know who has the most money or swag they can get. Part of that is reading the body language of the possible victims. One we tend to close hold objects of value, until we are distracted in some way. In this case a few friends having a cup of coffee and talking. Part of what the perpetrators are looking for are lackadaisical awareness of the victim. Watch this and other videos, and you will develop the awareness necessary not to become a victim yourself.
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The breakdown of one of Mexico's most powerful cartels is driving violence in a valuable border city

This is a very well written article, an overview of what the border cities are dealing with everyday. From my office window the lights from the International Bridge Border Crossing can be seen at night. The Cartels blocked the Mexican side of the bridge last month for hours, to prevent rival Cartel members from escaping into the USA. For the Police and even the Military the problem of survival is the biggest reason for taking money and turning a blind eye to what the Cartels are doing. An honest Policeman does not last long in the border towns in Mexico, at the end of last year a whole detachment of the Military were found to be taking money from the Cartels. They were disarmed and put on a bus out of the area. On the USA side there is a constant pressure on both Police and Federal Law Enforcement to take money for turning a blind eye, no one is immune to the problem. The USA does not have anywhere near the problem as Mexico, but we still have problems. A whole drug interdiction unit call the Panama Unit was taken down a few years ago, to include the Sheriff at the time. The Sheriff started his drug association back when he was with the Austin City Police, making and providing cover for Cartel Drug runs, from Reynosa up to Austin. Most law enforcement folks down here seemed to know of the Sheriff's activities, but he was considered to powerful to be taken down. It was when his Son was made the leader of a drug interdiction unit, that it all came down. On the other side of the Border if you are not on the take as a Policeman, and in many cases Military, you are in grave danger. Periodically the Federal Mexican Police, with Military support have come in and disbanded whole Police Departments in small cities. Elite teams of Federal and Military have come into clean up the whole State of Tamaulipas which has been a haven to the Golf Cartels for years, now to include the Zetas and all the factions of the split in the Golf Cartel. They brought in a Special anti Kidnapping force, that saw how lucrative the kidnapping trade can be, and they have been instrumental in conducting two of the highest profile kidnapping situations here in this area of Mexico. The normal ransom price went through the roof, as one source said, when they found out how little ransom the local teams asked for.and how unprofessional the local teams where they could not resist. Unfortunately for them, the higher profile and higher priced kidnapping got the attention of to many people, and they got turned in, probably by the Cartels, who considered them to be rocking the boat on the little deals they had going. The article talks about the diversifying of the crimes the Cartels are doing. They have moved into very large scale theft of oil from the State run oil company, and have moved into very punitive extortion, first on the Mexican side of the border, then the trucks trafficking to the USA side, and now to the firms in the USA dealing with cross border traffic. When at dinner one night, one of the guests had to leave their warehouse on the USA side had been torched, after a number of threats.
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The Upstart Saudi Prince Who’s Throwing Caution to the Winds

Perhaps the article missed the biggest issue in the Prince's move. The curtailing of the religious clerics hold over the country. The deal the House of Saudi has with the Whabbies spiritual clan was very specific, they backed the House of Saudi take over of the peninsula from all the waring clans, making it a solid country. In return the Whabbies controlled the religious and schools in the country. Another part of that deal was the House of Saudi would pay huge amounts to ensure the expansion of their brand of radical Islam. These actions could lead to a religious fatwa against the ruling Saudi Princes, with much more radical out of power now Princes, siding with the Whabbie clerical establishment to force a take over of the Kingdom. It is a risky move by the Prince.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Video for CA State Security Guards

This is the training course the last video came from, it is very well done, and anyone using guards should have them take portions of these youtube video courses. There is a lot of good training out there, we just need to use it.
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Actual Terrorist surveillance video

Actual Terrorist Video of survalance prior to attack. It is poor quality, but in one section the method of attack is described. They will use a bike, with a box on the back just like this one. They plan you need to.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Charlotte air traffic controller charged with having weapon of mass destruction

This is not an overreaction, pipe bombs are notoriously prone to accidentally detonating. There's no sane reason to make an actual active pipe bomb, it puts the maker and everyone around them in danger.
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Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.

It's good to see that this very serious security vulnerability has made it to the main stream Press. The price advantage Chinese firms use to flood the market with these products has been a problem for years. Knowing the back door problem with the whole line of Hikvision camera's and all the cameras they sell under the names of other companies, some USA based and are the biggest names in USA security products is just part of the problem. Everyone seems to focus on what the camera sees, and if it is not viewing something sensitive like a security check point or a privacy concern like the interior of a home our business, they seem to be acceptable risks. This is not the case, the real threat from these cameras and their peripherally associated devices like routers and video recorders, is the access they provide to the vast cyber espionage system of China. Once into the network the cameras are using, the Chinese simply insert back doors that will operate even if the camera is later removed. It's the access to the network the Chinese want, the camera is just a cheap way in, and they do not have to have an Agent to do it, you will do it for them. The way the Memphis Police installation is reported to have done is is the only possible safe way to use these products. That is to have a totally separate network for the video system, the big problem is that some body wants to see the camera on their own phone or even home computer, now the system is linked to the world and Chinese espionage has a way in. Chinese espionage may turn out later to be part of a Chinese cyber war attack, using all these cameras and other devices they are infiltrating into our networks like routers, printers, even IP enabled smart thermostats, to put viruses into our power grid, to bring down a banking system, even control access to our water filtration systems. It's a great long term plan by the Chinese Government, to have a back door to not only the USA network, but other countries as well, England, France, Spain, among others are infiltrated by these Chinese products more than the USA has been. Just when the USA Defense System thinks it has shut down a Chinese cyber espionage path, we get backdoored, by a path through a defense partner from another country. Look at what just happened with joint USA South Korea attack plans. A South Korean vulnerability laid all our attack and defense plans open to not just North Korea, but China as well.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - November 9, 2017 | Homeland Security

This is the newest National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, issued yesterday November 9th 2017. You can down load the PDF directly from this page, in English and Spanish among other languages. I suggest you down load and have it available. For those of you in the EP Business, this is one of the those documents to have in your Advance Manual.
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Narcos mexicanos, los reyes del negocio: DEA

This is a report everyone needs to read, it outlines which Cartels are operating where and who many of the players are.
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El Cártel del Golfo, en restructuración: DEA

This is the group that now runs most of the drugs in the Rio Grande Valley, and controls most of the other criminal activities on both sides of the border.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Here’s How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes

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Rich

Data mining and NLP can be combined for a powerful force to help change minds and attitudes, Are they doing it, of course they are, it would be hard to imagine why they would not use it. Sales Training have focused on this time of persuasion for years, as have our political groups. The Military have been using it many years, even before they had a name for it PsyOps.
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TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

I am not sure who did the tests, but normally it is a group of Homeland Security and TSA Red Team groups. The tests in past years have had results in the same levels about 85% of the time things are missed. It is not good but it is not as problematic as it sounds, prior to TSA the FAA Red Teams had similar results. These inspectors are using items hidden in ways that are made to confuse and or by pass the Screeners and their equipment. These devices are made with a laboratory level knowledge of how the screening machines work, and with an intimate knowledge of how the TSA Screeners are trained to use the equipment. As I said last about these tests, if these Red Team member with these devices approached the Screeners at the Capitol for instance, they would probably get close to 100% by them. This is true for Court House Security, perhaps even White House screening equipment and staff. I take you back to the fact that if a Terrorist tries to get bombs or other weapons through an Airport Security Checkpoint, you would be caught, and probably every time. For one, if you are not going to suffer any consequence for getting caught, it is much easier to get items past screeners. There is no stress on the testers, bad guys have to worry big time even if there is only a 20% chance you will be caught. In fact if other rumors of classified reports are true, the TSA Behavior Detection teams caught most if not all these test teams as the set up to start the tests. They caught so many of the Red Teams, they ,the Behavior Detection, had to be called off during Red Team Testing. If you let Red Team folks work within the Trusted Traveler programs like TSA Pre and Global Traveler , and not take items out of bags, or take off shoes, then it would be almost impossible to detect a lot of the Red Team made bomb and other weapon devices.
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iWatch, If You See Something, Say Something

This is a little long, but is very well done, I wish we all had access to the reporting tools of Iwatch.
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The Drop Off - If You See Something, Say Something PSA - 30 second

Here is a 30 second video that we all need to watch, we can stop terrorism and other types of crime, it just takes all of us to help to report things, to notice things. You are the one that will recognize something unusual in your environment, you before the Police will, before Security will. All we need is for you to be aware and report it. This will make us all safer, including me and I thank you for that.
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Suspicious Behavior in a Retail Environment - DHS

As we come up on the Holiday shopping season, we all need to be part of the eyes and ears to detect suspect, or not usual behavior. Every store owner, mall manager, all of us need to watch this video, and mentally come up with how we would respond, how would we report suspect activity.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Newly Uncovered 'SowBug' Cyber-Espionage Group Stealing Diplomatic Secrets Since 2015

Hmm, I wonder who is behind this Cyber Espionage group. actually it could be pretty much anyone including the USA. If anyone does figure out who is running this group, please send me the info.
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Built-in Keylogger Found in MantisTek GK2 Keyboards—Sends Data to China

Have I got a deal for you, just in time for Christmas, you can buy this key board and send everything you type to China, no extra charge. At some point China has to be stopped, this type of spying is being found more and more in Chinese products. So many products from companies that sound American, and maybe, but their products are made in China also have these problems. One HP Printer/copier/fax machine all in one, incorporates a scanner in it that is built in China, by the way most cheap all in one printers have the same scanner. A cyber security team from the US Government found it in a major US Organization (see the www.ctic.co blog for more info on this) along with a Honewell Smart Thermostat. Both systems could not be cleared, as I am sure you will find with this keyboard. The vulnerability is built into the firm ware of the devices. But hey it is a good price for this level keyboard. Just for you Christmas sale buyers that want to give the wife or other loved one a new phone, you can get the ZTE phone free with most cut rate monthly plans. Bestbuy, Walmart, HEB stores all carry this phone, it comes with an android operating system, that as soon as you turn it on it starts to use its or any WIFI signal to send all the contacts back to China. Experts have taken the Android operating system off the phone and installed a new android operating system back on the phone, within a short time, less than a half hour, it is sending info back to China again. Once again the problem was in the firmware of the phone and could not be stopped. Chinese have cornered the marked on cheap CCTV cameras, and most if not all have similar vulnerabilities. The only good thing I can think of, is that at some point the Chinese servers excepting all this data will be overcome and start shutting themselves down. So far they have just added more server farms to handle the traffic.
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Face to Face with Nest's smartest home security camera

Facial recognition is getting better every day, but to use it for anything but base line security is about all it can really do. Both this and the Apple x phone can be spoofed rather easily,just the fact that it could ID folks with rather elaborate disguises on, would point to being able to spoof the camera. I am not sure about the IPhone X, but the Nest camera is a security nightmare to your home or business network. The Nest camera has all the same security vulnerabilities it has always had.
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Las Vegas Steps Up Security Ahead of Marathon-Rock Festival

They will have security in layers with counter snipers providing over watch of key points of the event and the area. In reflection one counter sniper at the event when the shooter started shooting at will, may well have stopped him, and if not certainly would have backed him off, as incoming fire made him hide.
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A gunman opens fire in your building. What do you do?

There are lots of videos on the active shooter response, this is short and as good as any I have seen. The key is to get it shown by as many people as you can. The article is pretty good as well. Active shooter training is something we all need to do, and to practice so we can make a part of our ingrained response to an event like this
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Ditching Smartphones: 'Dumbphones' With Basic Functions Appealing To Some

If you just by a cheap Verizon at Wallmart for 12$, and a 30 dollar a month plan, you can transfer calls to it from your smart phone, and still use the smart phone for everything else including text messages. Plus it works as a great backup phone, with a separate number when needed. Add to this the battery life for a simply flip phone is measured in days not hours.
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Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

This is a critical alert, failure to deal with this recall could lead to very expensive litigation should someone get hurt, or killed. We all need to check the systems we have available to us in Homes, Businesses, and Vehicles. Areas like Churches, Stadiums and other places events are being held need to insure they are covered.
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West African criminals are moving on from Nigerian Prince scams to duping your business | IDG Connect

This is one we are seeing more and more, but we need to make sure everyone is aware of it.
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Hack Your Access Control With This $30 HID 125kHz Card Copier

This has been a problem that TSA along with GSA Inspectors have been aware of, and have tested a lot of Airport and Government installed systems to see if they are vulnerable. There are fixes, but most are not cheap, and require additional contracting to get back in compliance. What is interesting is that the Magnetic Stripe systems still in use in many airports and Government building have been susceptible to card copying for the last 30 years, and at a cheaper price. Yet no one from TSA or GSA had a real problem with them. The problem really comes from the vast amount of cards needed for bigger systems, with numbers that large it gets tough to keep the systems secure. In past years, if I could not find a house keepers access card to copy that would let me into many if not all hotel rooms, if I had access to no more than 5 access cards from different hotel rooms, I could make a master access control card. That TSA and GSA would hold these access control systems to a higher standard than the Mag stripe systems does not make a lot of sense. But it is a good article. Copying the cards has been around for at least 10 years, but the cost was in the thousands for the equipment to do it. The cost for copying Mag Stripe cards has been in the 30 dollar range for it seems ever.
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Integrators Know Admin Passwords For Nearly All End-User Systems (Statistics)

I am not sure this is always a bad thing, but it is one thing that you should know about your systems. In cases where legal action is involved, many times this comes out, and you do not want to be ambushed by it. In looking at some cases where video has been leaked to the press, investigations reveal that Security Vendors with passwords are the guilty party. Just be aware that this maybe the case, and also be aware that many maintenance contracts allow Vendors to have remote access to your systems, leaving it open to hackers as well as vendors staff that may think the world should know about what is on your system.
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Clery Act Requirements For Study Abroad And Field Trips - Campus Safety Magazine

If you have children from K-12 and perhaps more importantly in university, then you should know a bit about the Clery Act that requires reporting and keeping logs of any crimes that involve the University Campus, and as this article documents many off Campus programs to include field trips. This act tries to prevent schools and Universities from hiding crime problems from both students and the parents. One of the first things many parents would look at, was how safe are our children going to be. Hiding the problem was always the first solution, until the Clery Act was imposed. It changes, usually by interpretation as new problems crop up. Staying on top of the reporting requirements is almost a full time position in most Campuses. But both Parents and Students need to review the reports and make their decisions as to how safe your children are.
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Former School Security Chief Gets 18 Months for Sex Abuse of Student

This happen in Montgomery County Md., one of the richest counties in the USA, we all need to keep an eye out for sexual predators and as this story shows they can come from anywhere. This small sentence was part of a plea deal worked out so that a court trial was not required. Although a court trial would have exposed the problem to a lot more people, and many more parents would be looking to make sure it did not happen to their children.
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Man crawls through baggage carousel, sneaks onto tarmac at Miami airport

This is pretty much a non event, yes it happen, but also the employees in the area noticed him immediately and gave chase till the Police arrived. This is how the system is supposed to work, if you beat one part of it, then another layer will pick him up. I hope all those employees chasing him down got a free lunch out of it. Our Cities are going to have to be more like airports where everyone working there are the eyes and ears to keep us all safe. Police and Security can not be at all locations all the time, it takes all of us to make this work, like the shooter in Texas, another Citizen stepped up to stop the crazy person before he could do anymore damage. Another Citizen with out a lot of information, agreed to help chase down the shooter before he could do any more damage. We still have to hear from the rumored hostage the shooter took while getting into his truck.
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Monday, November 6, 2017


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Become Empowered: Learn How to Stop The Bleed | Homeland Security

If you really want to be able to help in a tragedy like the Texas Church Shooting over the weekend, try this free Homeland Security Course on how to help, Stop the Bleed. It is the best 20 minuets you can spend on being ready to help in situations like this or any active shooter aftermath. Or any accident scene you come up on. If you finish the course you get a certificate of completion that you can add to that resume folder.
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Rants of Texas church shooter who preached atheism before killing 26

There are still a lot to learn about this incident, and our prayers go out for the victims and their families. What is true of any incident like this is to move, we tend to freeze in place during an incident like this when movement is what is needed. Some say it is a primal human reaction to freeze, in the hope that we will not be noticed. In the real world moving is your best bet. In situations where Grand Parents are taking care of Grand Children it is so difficult to get them to move, and the next normal reaction is to cover them with your body, and perhaps that is the best they could do in the situation. For anyone in a situation like this move, the three key words of advice given for any active shooter situation is Run,Hide,Fight. Moving is key, every foot you can get away from the shooter your chances of survival go up. When you arrive anywhere, look for the exits, when something like this kicks off start heading for an exit, with an eye on other exits as well. Keep moving, if you have to hide, hide only in till you can run again. Be ready to fight at anytime, but as soon as you can run, get distance. Have things in your hand that you can throw at the shooter to distract them is good, but keep running. The more the shooter has to deal with activity the harder it is for him to shoot people. Where shooters like this win is on the easy shots, people that stand still giving him a non moving target are going to be shot. Moving gives the shooter a moving target, much harder to hit, yes you can still be hit, but if he is shooting anyhow, be the moving target not the standing one.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Trump administration welcomes Palestinian Authority deployment to Gaza crossings

This is a good forward move for the Palestinian peace process. As one of the team that opened the Rafa crossing for entrance and exit to Egypt back during the second Bush administration, we found this was the most effective way to promote peace and normalization in the Gaza Strip. We also worked on the other three crossings into Israel with the Palestinian Authority, before Hamas won big in the elections, and basically took over control of the Gaza Strip. Even then Hamas kept control of the Rafa crossing with the Palestinian Authority, understanding it was a needed life line for the Gaza citizens. This "deal" worked for another 4 months, before Hamas could not restrain themselves and virtually brought the crossing to a stop, except for specific occasions. Talking to people that can still gain access to the crossing at times, they say most of the security infrastructure is still in place.
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Exclusive: TSA Issues Secret Warning on ‘Catastrophic’ Threat to Aviation

As we start the Holiday season, here's a warning from the past we all need to remember. Thermite can be made at home, but is also used by our Military, and like any weapon many have gone missing over the years. My training on them included attacks on vehicle engine blocks, electrical transformers, any other heavy metal systems like electric motors.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

New York attack suspect's family was 'very mysterious,' neighbor says

These neighbors noticed that he rented trucks for construction, yet never had any construction materials on the trucks. One would think this would stand out to the Home Depo rental folks as well. His wife claims that he rented the trucks to do renovations to the home in some cases, yet investigators found no signs of new construction, There was enough warning signs in just his day to day actions, like not working in the past few weeks according to neighbors. Add to this his online actions of downloading ISIS propaganda as well as instructions on how to wage and attack against the USA.
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Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Common Internet of Things Devices May Expose Consumers to Cyber Exploitation

The Internet of Things or IoT has a lot of vulnerabilities that the Vendors just have not addressed in most cases and are not addressing in future products. It is all a cost issue, it takes more code and makes them harder to install, so folks do not buy them. If you add to this the problem that the majority of the devices or interfaces to the devices are made in China, with either known back-doors into the systems or just not enough protection. One expert is saying the vast majority of these devices are compromised within two minuets of being put on line. Now the home and business owners do not see any ill effect from their devices during their normal operation, but they do both provide back doors into the home or business routers, as well as allow small malicious BOT's to reside on your device until directed into use by criminals and or vandals. In one case over 17 thousand IoT devices where directed to attack one web site for three days. At this moment we are all waiting for a massive IoT BOT attack that some think may actually bring down parts of the Internet for hours if not days. As these IoT devices proliferate we need to balance out the good things they provide vs the negative potential they provide.
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FBI: Terrorist Planned To Continue Killing Spree On The Brooklyn Bridge

He started planning around a year ago, conducting survalance on targets, figuring out what resources as far as weapons he had available. Two months ago he decided a truck was his weapon of choice, In the week or weeks running up to the attack he conducted dry runs, Continuing survalance, and assured by his dry runs, he attacked. Pretty much following the terrorist or criminal planning cycle. So we had a year to notice this guy, two months to notice he now had a plan of attack, and upto a few weeks of noticing his test or dry runs. With all this known, we need to understand what clues he left at each phase of the planning. It takes time out of his life to plan this attack, time doing something different from what he had done in the past. It also takes money to conduct planning and survalance, money diverted from other parts of his normal life. Take a person deciding to run a marathon or change career paths, there's that beginning stage that is your idea, ,and deciding how you can go about it. Noticeable by family and friends, like the wife, that notices your normal routine has changed. As we get more information we will be able to flesh out his life changes we had a chance to notice. At some point I can see AI Artificial intelligence, programming being brought to use in developing a more procedural processing of this type of analysis. We will not catch them all with it, but we can tilt the odds in our direction.
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Mafia in our midst: A mob soldier turned Phoenix businessman

This is not the first time nor probably the last time witness protection folks have used the program to mount crimes against the citizens of the area they have been placed. I don't think that this is anywhere near the worst as well.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

FBI Nabs Latest Starbucks Bombing Suspect; ISIS Linked to Previous Attacks

Just left a Starbucks, while waiting for a meeting, I could hear the Customers and Staff talk about how no one would attack a Starbucks, I had to laugh to myself, this Starbucks in the year past had a Cartel Kidnapping right inside the store, and then drudged up another article from the last year, where ISIS has targeted Starbucks all over the USA and world in the past. So just take a sip and do not worry, or keep your eyes out for problems.
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Uzbek man planned deadly New York truck attack for weeks: police

TrentonScottH : Per NYPD, Saipov followed the instructions ISIS put out on social media almost exactly. #NYCTruckAttack https://t.co/EfyAYsix0e
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North Korea nuclear tunnel COLLAPSES killing 200 amid radioactive leak fears

This is not the first time North Korea has had huge loss of life during their quest to advance their Nuclear Weapons Program. With the controls North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union have over their people, quality and safety concerns are severely lacking. Making incidents like this a lot more common than these countries will ever admit. Like rumors of Iran sending staff back into highly radioactive areas where centrifuges had been damaged during the malware attacks against the Iran nuclear weapons program. It's true that America has had some losses during its rapid growth to advance its own nuclear program. None even remotely close to the damage or loss of life the Communist or Dictator run countries have experienced.
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North Korean Hackers Stole Submarine Secrets From Daewoo, Lawmaker Says

The biggest problem South Korea has countering espionage from North Korea is insider threats from family connections or threats to family members in the North. Of course hackers are still a big part of the problem but having insiders makes hackers lives so much easier.
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Someone’s spying on Florida legislators. Tallahassee is on edge.

Interesting the Florida Law Enforcement folks felt no illegal actions happen. Both Federal and State Laws have evolved quite a bit in the last few years. But the newer laws are still centered around privacy rights. So if you could stand there with a video camera legally, you can place a video camera in the same area in many States legally. Audio no, but still some video can be legal. If they could not stand there with a video camera then in most States it is a violation of their privacy rights, reasonable expectations of privacy, and could be illegal. With new video privacy laws in place in many States even some installed CCTV cameras can be deemed illegal. As some criminals have litigated in Courts recently. Keeping track of new privacy laws is key for both Private Detectives, and other security specialists.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

David Helder (@dhelder) | Twitter

TrentonScottH : RT @AP: BREAKING: Witnesses say vehicle drove down popular bike path in lower Manhattan and struck pedestrians and cyclists. https://t.co/dE3HmqEZZ3
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Bloodbath in downtown NYC after driver runs over pedestrians, starts shooting

Newest information is leaning toward a premeditated attack, they are now saying it is a terrorist event at this point. With Halloween happening tonight, parents need to be careful. Tonight will be a target rich environment for this type of attack. Do not change your plans, just keep an eye out for the start of an attack like this, always be looking for something nearby to shield you and your children for this type of attack, like a parked car, or walls, anything that will deflect a vehicle. It will happen very quickly and be over very quickly, so you just need to be ready to act. Plan in your mind how as you are walking along with your children, how you would evade an attack like this.
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From Cancun to Los Cabos, tourists scared off Mexico's beaches

In what they the Cartel and the Mexican Government had agreed to curtail violence at the resorts, the deal is off, the Cartels could not resist the lucrative market and it has become a free fire zone. Since Cartels also use the resorts for entertainment as well, it has also become a place to settle scores between rival Cartels
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Plague

We pray the plague is contained, but we need to be prepared, taking the FEMA course on Pandemic's, is a quick and effective way to get a good working knowledge of the problem and methods to mitigate it's growth. It will only take an hour to take the course, take the test and get a certificate. Who knows it could help in your next promotion.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

Public Speaking is the best way to get your ideas across to others, be it teaching, presenting to a client, or being a panelists at that next convention you attend. Here's a great, inexpensive and quick way to develop your style and techniques, learning from some of the world's best speakers.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Pandemic, what can we do? With what is going on in 9 Countries in Africa, and is only a plane ride away from hitting the rest of the world it is up to all of us to be planning for a Pandemic threat. FEMA has a course that will help all of you start to understand the problem as well as prepare for it. http://ift.tt/2z3hqpk


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Incivility’s Growing Risk - Risk & Insurance

When you are talking about workplace violence and what to look for, this may be one of the kick off points. Escalation of what looks like simple arguments can lead to grave issues. Nothing says you have to act on an event you see but you should keep it in mind for further investigation, if it happens again, it will need to confronted at some point. Even what you would think are strong people that can handle these issues themselves, often feel trapped in these altercations and build resentments that can lead to further violence. It is a good read for other ideas as well, like legal liability and such, well worth the read.
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Whitepaper: 5 Security Controls for an Effective Security Operations Center (SOC)

This is a great document for anyone doing a risk analysis of what issues they may have, it is pointed to a data center, but the first parts would be applicable to security problem. It is almost a white paper for a security analysis of anything, well worth the read.
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Narco-Terror: Mexican Cartel Operators Busted with Explosive Drone

Not to hammer to much on this, but it has a 1 pound pay load, and a 25 min flying time, even if it is a suicide drone, it has to be a speed vs time vs how close to a target that at some point will notice the device coming in bound. Now it would appear the bomb shown is the now infamous potato bomb which normally has less than half pound of explosive detonates when dropped or thrown at something. Often has some light weight shrapnel in it, adding to the weight, but still a very small high percentage kill zone. I can list a hundred better ways to attack with a bomb, and thousands of ways to just attack to kill a person. Justsayin
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Hackers Could Turn LG Smart Appliances Into Remote-Controlled Spy Robot

This has to be the best IoT hack to date. Not only do you get access to the device and the camera, you can also send the camera around the home or business to see what ever you want to see. I love it. There is a quote from the article that really covers the whole IoT industry: If your smart devices are smart enough to make your life easier, then their smart behavior could also be exploited by hackers to invade your privacy or spy on you, if not secured properly.: If not secured properly is the big hitch, with limited program capability inside these devices, they are difficult if not impossible to secure at the device level. Since it is stated that this particular device can be hacked by itself, the device protection is key. In many cases if we can control the access to the device at the router level, the protection at the device level is not as important. But back doors to devices continues to be a problem.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A car bomb that wounded a Ukrainian lawmaker who routinely insulted Russian politicians was caught on video

If you watch the video and the pictures it would appear that the bomb was on or in the Motorcycle left next to the front door of the car. It only wounded the intended victim, but it did kill two others nearby, probably from shrapnel from the device. It is a lot harder to attack with a small bomb like this than folks think. I am not sure what all the flame afterwords was about, but we do not know what type of explosive was used yet. Part of the flames could be from the gas tank of the motorcycle igniting the leaves all over the ground. Just for all the ESI students I just taught a bomb class too, the bodyguard died.
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Panic of Panama Papers-style revelations follows Bermuda law firm hack

Well now this is embarrassing, the Bermuda Law Firm that was hacked exposing very high priced clients data, was never reported until, some investigative Journalists found the data on the web, and started asking questions. I wonder how many more of the Rich and Famous have their secret details they share with their lawyers out on the WWW or the Dark Web. In many cases no one knows until some hacker or journalist comes up with it, or, what happens more is they are black mailed with the information. This just has to make everyone shudder, Law Firms try and secure the data they have, but so does the Department of Defense, with a much larger budget and staff, and yet...stuff gets hacked.
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Putting Blogger Anti-Hikvision Rhetoric in Perspective

Hikvision has mounted a smear movement against the IVPM blog site claiming IPVM is making up the problems with the Hikvision products, interestingly http://ift.tt/2pKbM3S US-CERT advisories are not mentioned in this hit piece by Hikvision. In reality the entire Hikvision product line is suspect, and many if not all US Government Agencies have been advised not to use them. The back door into their systems is well documented as are other security vulnerabilities associated with the Hikvision products. This counter attack by Hikvision should be exposed as another ploy by them to pawn their vulnerability ridden products on unsuspecting Users. If it appeared that the vulnerabilities where just errors in programming that would be one issue, still a major vulnerability, but no it appears the Hikvision products have been designed with these security flaws. Here you go Hikvision WARNING do not buy or use these Hikvision products.
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WATCH: Cartel Gunman Fires at Passing Trucks near Texas Border

Apparently this happen between Reynosa-Monterrey highway, it could be within 10 miles of the border or 100 it just depends. In days past I used to travel on this road to go golf in Monterrey, even then check points along the way would be manned by corrupt cops that would shake you down for money, or bandits that would take your car, and perhaps your life. Now days the road is rarely traveled at night, and even during the day is controlled by different Cartels along the way, it is very dangerous. By the way the corrupt cops at checkpoints still happen.
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IS-520 - Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas

After posting the new Pandemic threat of the PLAGUE in the African area, people are asking how do we even start with planning. FEMA has an online course for you. Free and if their testing problems are solved then you can take a test and get a certificate.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Plague warning in NINE countries amid fears it could spread on flights

Looks like it is time to dust off the Pandemic emergency plans. There are designated airports in the USA for landing planes with possible infected passengers. The real problem is when one gets off the plane and is out in the world. Many of our cities from large to small are just not prepared for something like the plague, if any of us are. It looks as if this one is somewhat under control, but it is the next one that always worries us. Planning is the key factor, it may not stop it from hitting the area you are in, but it certainly can mitigate its path of infection.
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Real Spy's at work

You always look at the movies to see spy's at work here is a release FBI video of a pass and hand off in a stairway near a subway station, not the best trade craft shown here, but it got the results I guess.
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A YEAR of Clinton lies about the 'golden showers' dossier exposed

The real story here is not the opposition research, everyone does it, you would be crazy not to. Where the rub lies is in the cover up, as always, the cover up always looks 20 times worse than the story itself. Having done opposition research for both parties and at different levels of elections, it is usually done through lawyers so that there is some deniability, but always knowing that it can come out. CTI has done back ground research for candidates themselves just so the candidate knows what the opposition research is going come up with, this is another set of research that every candidate should and usually does. The Clinton's did it before President Clinton's first and second election, it is just good business. Many times you do come up with unsubstantiated stories that you give very little weight to, but you still report it to your client in case someone else digs it up and a response can be developed. I don't see anything wrong with what the Clinton camp did, it was the cover up that hurt. I do not think even Sen. McCain was wrong to give a copy he received from someone with the unsubstantiated stories in it to the FBI. He almost had to in case someone else started to leak the stories. Then at least the FBI could head off anything damaging to our Nation. The problem is the FBI then leaked it or the Justice Department, which then gave the unsubstantiated story credibility that it did not have before. It all then circles around to the cover up, which President Clinton should have told his wife just never works.
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Airlines get ready for new U.S. security rules from Thursday

This only effects International flights at this time. But the shake out period can be problematic for some travelers. Just like TSA Pre will let you avoid some of the hassles from the new screening procedures for US travel, I understand the Global Traveler program will aid you in some of these new International travel requirements.
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Five years after the Newtown massacre, stunning warning signs revealed in FBI report

Stunning warning signs is a bit much, but there are areas that this shooter slipped through the cracks. Yes it is hard to blame the Mother since she was a victim, the first one, but she did have some responsibility here, as did others in the family. The Police can not act until a crime has happened, ok, but the Mother could have put the weapons out of reach when she heard his threats. His whole lifestyle screamed I am going to hurt someone, if the weapons had been taken away, he probably would have used another weapon, I agree, but the attack plan would have been more difficult. Reading the FBI reports, it would appear the school did a good job based on the threat at that time. Yes, more could have been done, but more can always be done, you base your security on the threat faced, and up to this attack, the threat was low. Yes, a gun in the hands of a teacher or even hiring an off duty Police officer would have helped, but it would have been considered overkill prior to the attack, and it would have been. Will this happen again, yes, probably not in the same way, people will adapt their attacks to thwart new security policies and practices, Our schools, all of them, are soft targets by any threat profile, but it is more the way a school has to run and the people (ie, the students, our children) need the system to run, that makes them soft targets. We always seem to high-lite the failures of Law Enforcement and Security, but fail to see how many times events like these have been prevented, which are in the hundred if not thousands each and every year. With a little help and training, our Children are our best line of defense in most of these situations, they often can tell us something is not right prior to the event, we just have to listen to them. In this case the shooter was noticed by his peers and they had a good idea he was dangerous, unfortunately the school he went to shoot at was not aware of him, or his difficulties. But his family was and did not do enough to protect us all. But that is often the case no family wants to face up to facts like the threats he made prior to the event, and take actions that would have made it far more difficult to for him to act the way he did.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Possible, but not a high probability of a successful attack.
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Terror from skies as Mexican cartel attaches bomb to drone

This is a real possibility but not a huge threat, the pay load is the problem. Meth and Cocaine are light, and every time they try to boost the load, they run into battery life and control problems. If not everyone would be using Drones here along the border, not trying other ways to get through. In drugs in like most things money is the issue, Cartels can lose x amount of loads and still make a profit, when the X get's to big they move on. The drones are not carrying enough weight to be a high profit method yet, vs, the number of drones caught, or crash. With the use of the Drone as a bomb it always comes down to the weight of the explosive pay load and the area of the attack. As the pay load goes up, the time it can fly goes down, so if you are going to kill someone with a bomb, it has to be big enough to do the job, and the target has to be close enough to get the bomb there. The smaller the bomb the closer you have to get it. The bigger the bomb the harder it is to get it on to a target. Not to mention if the target runs, and or, if the target or their body guards shoot back at it with shotguns. So it you can find a drunk target in an open area and take the time to get a small bomb on him, then, perhaps. Other wise I would be looking for another attack vector. Just using one slide from the Homeland security presentation on bombs, shows 1 pound of TNT has to get within 3 feet of the target for an around 100% kill, if you can get 4 feet away from the device it can cause serious damage, but you can live. Now that is just blast pressure, if you add more shrapnel to the bomb, that is more weight, but you can get the kill zone a bit larger, but the percentage of 100% kill goes down as well. Other attack vectors like snipers, or attack teams can be much more effective, so yet possible yet not probable
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Reaper, a massive new botnet, is a cyberattack waiting to happen


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kids’ smartwatches harbouring major security flaws

More and more governments, citizen groups and just users are figuring out how dangerous the Internet of Things (IoT) can be to our safety. This report should be read by all parents, and understand the risks vs rewards of these devices, then make you call.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Feds urge airlines to ban laptops in checked bags, citing fire, explosion risk

TrentonScottH : Another laptop ban is proposed, but maybe not the one you were expecting. #aviationsecurity https://t.co/GbM1m683TJ
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Investigators arrest leader of Gulf Cartel 'rip crew'

In the midst of a running gun battle in Reynosa on the Mexican border today, where the Cartel are reportedly using hand grenades and other explosive devices, on our side of the border a notorious: Gulf Cartel member has been arrested today, who has been leading a "Rip" crew, conducting a string of home invasions on rival Cartel members in the McAllen, Mission, San Juan, and Edinburg all in Texas. As always when things heat up in Mexico, they also heat up on the border towns in the USA. Just the fact that they rip teams exist on the USA side of the border handling the the Gulf Cartels enforcer work. This type of cross border violence has been a growing problem for years.
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TSA chief promises new vision for airport security checkpoints

TrentonScottH : From yesterday’s ACI-NA Public Safety and Security Conference #airports https://t.co/iF9VQ6zNfJ
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TSA Announces New Procedures For Airport Security Checkpoint

TrentonScottH : As much as TSA is trying to streamline the process, this is yet another reason to enroll in PreCheck or Global Entry https://t.co/K7DtY18dT8
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This is a Tip sheet on the dangers of IoT devices and some ideas on how to protect yourself when using them.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Don't Panic, But Wi-Fi's Main Security Protocol Has Been Broken

TrentonScottH : Until your device maker issues a patch, avoid public Wi-Fi if you can; if you can’t, try to only visit HTTPS sites. https://t.co/NSxLL77VET
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

Continuing to learn is how we all grow, for less than 25$ this is a University level series of lectures by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, that takes you from the beginnings of Espionage to what is happening now.
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Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

If you want a crash course on Cyber security that hits the problem from all points, this is it, for less than $20s and a few hours of your time you will receive a University Level series of lectures, given by Professor Paul Rosenzweig, The George Washington University Law School, he also has held high positions in the US Government helping develop our ongoing cyber security efforts. If you are interested in the field or just want a good foundation for your own growth, this is a great course.
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Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

It you have a long commute or are just walking for an hour or so a day, you can listen to this lecture series on Utopia and Terror, it is a bit biased in places, but it will give you a great foundation to understanding terror through the 20 Century. It is a bit pricey, but if you wait for a sale it may go easier. I think I got it on one of their deals for around 50 dollars. This is a University level series of lectures by Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius is Lindsay Young Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It is well worth the $130, and will allow you to understand and discuss terrorism and its roots with anyone.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Counter Terrorist Magazine: Child Kidnap Prevention! | International Bodyguard, Detective, Anti-Terrorist Services & Training

This is a well written article with some good advice, well worth the read for all families with children. This could be the best 20 min read a parent can do this weekend. I do not know Mr. Wilson, but I do know the people that run the Magazine The Counter Terrorist and they have a lot of skill and experience behind their writing. Please take the time to read this, if it does nothing more than put some thoughts in your head that may prevent that next kidnapping either in the USA or while traveling.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

The sound in Havana: What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

Every Country, including the USA, Russia, and China are working to develop new attacks using sound waves at different frequency’s and modulation types. We have a number of sonic “weapons” in our arsenal, some that make you uncomfortable, some just above the audible range that can make you feel a burning sensation. Technology transfer folks have looked at using them for crowd control, and they have been tested in a number of States. I could in my office turn on a simple audio generator program in my computer and play modulated high frequency tones, just above my hearing capability, but within the younger folks in the office’s hearing range, I would get complaints quickly and people would move away from my office or close doors. It would appear that whoever is doing this attack has hit on a set of frequencies and modulation that are effecting the thinking process of some people. The bad news is it is not rocket science, once they have been developed, almost anyone can replicate the system. For instance if a Cuban student was at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, or as it is now called “RUDN” or Russian Peoples’ Friendship University, they may have received a CD with the system on it. By the way this university is also known as the terrorism university, catering to mainly foreign students looking to change the world in communist directions. Once they have the CD almost any computer could duplicate the system, which was probably just a prototype of the Russian Intel community that got away from them.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

NPR Says Russian Software Company Behind Hacks Is No Longer a Corporate Underwriter

In the latest revelation of Russian meddling NPR has had to let go of its Russian backed and controlled sponsor Kaspersky Lab's. Now this is true meddling by the Russians on a very liberal news outlet, and no one is screaming that the Russians are involved in US Politics. Russia has it's espionage tentacles all over virtually every sector of American Corporations and Government. The really bad news is that the Chinese are attacking twice as hard, with far more real success than Russia. The Chinese just try and be a little more clandestine about it.
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New generation aircraft face increased cyber threat

Most experts agree that the WIFI access to planes has not been fully thought out, and our planes are vulnerable. Not only are the planes vulnerable, but when people access the plane's WIFI their phones, tablets, even computers are vulnerable. In our attempt to link all things we are way to often sacrificing security, not knowingly, but we are. When access to a router in the planes system is given, then operations attached to that router be it the planes systems or fellow passengers are extremely vulnerable. Jumping IP systems to the plane could be tricky if the security is robust enough, but with new exploits happening every hour of every day, keeping that barrier if there is one between systems secure it not probable. Once into the plane's computer system a back door can be exploited or made, to allow the attacker to leave the plane and use the back door, which may be a phone left on board, or a link it the radio used by the router. Basically there are so many ways around security when using WIFI it is quite possible it can be secured. But here is the bad news, even with the Passenger WIFI shut down experts have proven they can access the aircraft systems at Black Hat Conventions, so Cyber security is a real push for designers, the question is can they keep a wall up that will protect us from the bad guys.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Las Vegas shooter fired 'incendiary' rounds at fuel tank

These would not have lit off a fuel tank, the bullet would have entered the tank and gone out immediately. This has been tested in the past even with 3.5 rocket rounds, even the 3.5 rounds with explosive heads enter into the large tanks and get snuffed out. Fuel like this need lots of air to ignite as a flame, or what may look like an explosion, and where one gallon of gas has the potential energy of up to 40 sticks of dynamite. You have to get lots of air into it, and then to become a mechanical explosion the fuel would have to be confined in some what, which is why fuel is not considered a great explosive, it needs lot of air and needs to be confined, very had to get it just right.
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Detection and mapping of illicit drugs and their metabolites in fingermarks by MALDI MS and compatibility with forensic techniques

This should be interesting, I am not sure if will do all that the inventors claim, but it should shake up some interviews with bad guys to know all this stuff about them. But the courts when they get hold of this, will keep experts busy for years, and most of the wins will go to the defense on a number of grounds. Even for back ground screening these results will be attacked, and I can see some large monetary wins for people not hired or fired because of the test. But it is great science, but science and reality often come into conflict and no where more than in a court room.
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