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Potentially Malicious Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Increases

This is an interesting report by the Combating Terrorism Center on the threats posed by drones and other unmanned aerial systems. At TRAPWIRE, we have noted a significant increase in the number of UAS-related incidents reported by both our private and public sector clients over the past 18 months. These incidents have often occurred at […]

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Sexual Predator on the Loose: Law Enforcement Seeking Help from the Public

  Excerpted from: FBI baffled by mysterious Cleveland and Elyria child abduction cases by Adam Ferrise October 13, 2016 cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio — The case of a man who abducted a 6-year-old Cleveland girl and later tried to abduct a 10-year-old Elyria girl has left federal investigators baffled. More than 200 agents and police officers […]

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NYT: How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers

  A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world. nytimes.com/2016/08/04/world/middleeast/isis-german-recruit-interview.html This is an excellent article on pre-attack tactics, communications and preparations undertaken by terrorist organizations ahead of an attack. The article focuses on the “how’s” […]

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Potential Security Threats Posed by Social Media and Other Apps

Note:  On July 19 we issued the following bulletin to our clients within the TRAPWIRE platform.  Given recent reporting indicating that the Munich shooter may have lured victims with a social media posting, we have decided to make this threat analysis public.   View original bulletin PDF   Information Bulletin   Pokémon Go App We […]

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How Do We Stop the New Terrorist Modus Operandi?

Consider the following hypothetical situations: A woman walks into gun store and attempts to purchase two military-grade ballistic vests. She’s denied the sale and leaves. This was her third attempt to acquire these items. Two men enter a beauty supply store and purchase three gallons of hydrogen peroxide. They pay in cash and appear nervous. […]

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Public-Private Information Sharing: Early Threat Detection Extends Beyond Terrorism

A recent arrest in Madison, WI highlights the importance of suspicious activity reporting and public awareness campaigns that focus on criminal indicators beyond potential terrorist activity. On July 5th, the Madison County sheriff’s office responded to a suspicious activity complaint at a nearby Wal-Mart. The female customer reported an unknown white male attempting to take […]

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A Dark Day for Law Enforcement

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the law enforcement officers killed and wounded in yesterday’s brazen attack in Dallas. We have worked with and trained thousands of LEOs in Texas and across the country over the past ten years, and have seen first-hand the bravery and selflessness that motivates these dedicated […]

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Istanbul Pre-Attack Planning: The Terrorist’s Greatest Vulnerability

  It was carried out in a way that suggests the kind of advance intelligence, careful study of a target, and cool execution that would normally be practiced by Western special forces. Excerpted from: Istanbul Ataturk Airport Terrorists Behaved Like a Special Forces Unit June 29, 2016 The Daily Beast This article by the Daily […]

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Istanbul Airport Attacks

Although specific details are still pending, initial reporting from the airport attack in Istanbul today indicates the assailants launched their attack in the public terminal areas of the airport – similar to what occurred at Brussels airport in March of this year, and Russia’s Domodedovo airport in 2011. This latest event fits the pattern of […]

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