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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from CTI Consulting.

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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from CTI Consulting.

Drones

FAA pushed to protect airspace from rogue drones

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from CTI Consulting.

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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from CTI Consulting.

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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from CTI Consulting.

'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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from CTI Consulting.

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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from CTI Consulting.