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War in Israel (see the Gate 15 SUN for abundant links and updates)
- Director Wray Addresses International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. On the Israel Conflict: “…Whether that be from foreign terrorist organizations, or those inspired by them, or domestic violent extremists motivated by their own racial animus, the targeting of a community because of their faith is totally unacceptable. We remain committed to continue confronting those threats—both here in the United States and overseas. In this heightened environment, there’s no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats, and we’ve got to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own. So I encourage you to stay vigilant, because as the first line of defense in protecting our communities, you’re often the first to see the signs that someone may be mobilizing to violence. And I’d also ask you to continue sharing any intelligence or observations you may have. And on our end, we’re committed to doing the same, so that together, we can safeguard our communities.” (and the complete remarks discuss other threats and concerns)
- FBI director warns of rise in terror threats against Americans, potential copy-cat attacks on US soil. Five threats security pros everywhere need to focus on as the Middle East war escalates. “In this heightened environment, there’s no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats, and we’ve got to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own.”
- Faith Based Updates: FB-ISAO Newsletter, v5, Issue 10
- FB-ISAO’s Working Groups and Information Sharing Communities
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) is 20 Years Old
- Spotlight: Education on Arms in the House
- The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships releases Allied Against Hate: A Toolkit for Faith Communities – Tools and Resources to Protect Places of Worship
- DHS: Resources and Information for Faith and Community Leaders Regarding the Situation in Israel
Active Shooter, Hostile Events and Fall Mass Gatherings
- State Fair of Texas evacuated after shooting, one suspect in custody
- Suspect charged in State Fair of Texas shooting that injured 3
- 3 Creekside High students facing charges for school threat ‘hit lists,’ deputies say
12 October 2023 NCSC / FBI Safeguarding Our Future bulletin – Russian Intelligence Poses a Persistent Threat to the United States.
Signal says there is no evidence rumored zero-day bug is real. “Signal messenger has investigated rumors spreading online over the weekend of a zero-day security vulnerability related to the ‘Generate Link Previews’ feature, stating that there is no evidence this vulnerability is real. This statement comes after numerous sources told BleepingComputer and reported on Twitter that a new zero-day vulnerability allowed for a full takeover of devices.”
Ransomware: CISA Releases New Resources Identifying Known Exploited Vulnerabilities and Misconfigurations Linked to Ransomware. As part of the Ransomware Vulnerability Warning Pilot (RVWP), CISA launched two new resources for combating ransomware campaigns:
- A “Known to be Used in Ransomware Campaigns” column in the KEV Catalog that identifies KEVs associated with ransomware campaigns.
- A “Misconfigurations and Weaknesses Known to be Used in Ransomware Campaigns” table on StopRansomware.gov that identifies misconfigurations and weaknesses associated with ransomware campaigns. The table features a column that identifies the Cyber Performance Goal (CPG) action for each misconfiguration or weakness.
- These two new resources will help organizations become more cybersecure by providing mitigations that protect against specific KEVs, misconfigurations, and weaknesses associated with ransomware. CISA encourages all organizations to review the blog about this RVWP effort, as well as the new KEV catalog column and updated StopRansomware.gov site and implement applicable mitigations today.
- Ransomware Vulnerability Warning Pilot updates: Now a One-stop Resource for Known Exploited Vulnerabilities and Misconfigurations Linked to Ransomware
- Ransomware. Ransomware?
- Colonial Pipeline was hacked. No, wait, Accenture was hacked. No, wait….. untangling claims. (2)
- Colonial Pipeline Denies Breach by RANSOMEDVC Ransomware Group
- Reports of second cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline false, company says
- Robert M. Lee on ransomware group statement.
- Newest Ransomware Trend: Attackers Move Faster with Partial Encryption
- The Week in Ransomware – October 13th 2023 – Increasing Attacks
US Secret Service: Announcing a New Series of Live Virtual Presentations on Targeted Violence Prevention. The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) is pleased to announce a new monthly series of live virtual events. In these presentations, our expert researchers will share findings and implications from decades of research on targeted violence and offer strategies for preventing acts of violence impacting the places where we work, learn, worship, and otherwise live our daily lives. The list of available virtual training events will be regularly updated, and presentation topics may change from month to month. To learn more about this series of live virtual presentations, or to register for one or more of these events, please follow the link below. Learn More
#StopRansomware: AvosLocker Ransomware (Update, 11 Oct)
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