Exposing Political, Economic, and Security Threats to the United States and the West

Author Archives: Rachel Ehrenfeld

Cyberattack on Civil Aviation

The holiday season brings new “traditional” threats to airline passenger from al Qaeda, to nontraditional threat from wireless communication devices that carried and used on board the planes. Would be terrorists may be discoverer before detonating sophisticated hidden explosives, but would not come under any suspicion for using their smart phones, tablets and PCs during flight. However, a well trained ...

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Destructive Cyber Attacks on the Rise

Rising geopolitical tensions have led to a constant barrage of cyber hacking into the U.S. government, industries and businesses. The recent attack against California-based Sony Pictures Entertainment marked a turning point. It was the first officially acknowledged destructive coordinated cyber attack against a U.S.-based corporation. This led to Monday’s FBI confidential “flash” report warning to businesses, explaining that the malicious ...

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Advanced Targeted Cyber Attacks – Identifying New Patterns

Analysis of Firsthand Experiences of the World’s Most Renowned Cybersecurity Forensics Teams Pinpoints Exploitation of Privileged Accounts as a “Signature” in Targeted Attacks. A new report was just released, identifying the compromise and misuse of privileged accounts as a key signature common among advanced targeted cyberattacks. Privileged Account Exploits Shift the Front Lines of Security, provides an expert’s vantage point ...

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Weekly Briefing, October 26 – November 1, 2014

Laser Communications – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Uninterrupted radio frequencies are necessary to guarantee wireless communications. The rapid growth of wireless communication and computing systems with a wide range of applications and services have crowded the airwaves, increasing their vulnerabilities to interference. “I can give you a whole list of interference incidents. Radars, wireless land devices, unlicensed interference problems. We get ...

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Laser Communications

Uninterrupted radio frequencies are necessary to guarantee wireless communications. The rapid growth of wireless communication and computing systems with a wide range of applications and services have crowded the airwaves, increasing their vulnerabilities to interference. “I can give you a whole list of interference incidents. Radars, wireless land devices, unlicensed interference problems. We get them every day,” Frederick D. Moorefield ...

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Weekly Briefing, October 19-25, 2014

Islamist Terrorism in Canada – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The terror attacks in Montreal and Ottawa Canada should have not surprised anyone. The recent jihadist attacks attacks in Montreal and Ottawa came after years of repeated calls to fight the infidel by Canadian Islamist religious and “civic” leaders-including Imams and new coverts to Islam. They use mosques, Islamic centers, demonstrations, YouTube, ...

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Weekly Briefing, October 6-10, 2014

Countering BioTerrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Bio-terrorism dates back to the New Stone Age. The Scythians (7th century BC – 4th century AD), the Gauls (Celtic people, 5th century BC – 3rd century AD), the ancient Romans (first and second centuries AD), the Aztecs, and the Mayans have used toxins from plants, such as the Curare, to snake venoms and ...

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Cyber Insecurity National Reminder

As in previous years, the President proclaimed October, the “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” Yet, the nation’s growing cyber vulnerabilities attest that six years into the job, he has little to show but hollow statements. Our growing cyber vulnerabilities manifest that one month of national awareness a year has done little to alert Americans to the tremendous vulnerabilities of cyber systems used by ...

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Weekly Briefing, September 28-October 4, 2014

Left: Iraqi Shiite fighters wearing explosive belts Jihad is Jihad is Jihad and It’s Deadly – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The ISIS announcement of  American aid worker, despite his conversion to Islam. Former Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig, now Abdul-Rahman, will die because he is an American.  For the ISIS and all other jihadists America is the Great Satan and all Americans, ...

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If we must speak Gaelic, Amaideas!*

All the media hype to the contrary notwithstanding, the referendum on independence for Scotland was very close to a farce. Ironic, too, that such political balderdash should have taken place in the historic home of a half dozen of the world’s most noted political thinkers. That it was media-driven was made even more apparent in the closing hours after the ...

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