Weekly Security Sprint EP 39. ISIS call to action, ransomware, and FBI reporting

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In this week’s Security Sprint, Dave and Andy talk about the topics below. For more of these and other security updates, subscribe to our free daily report, delivered directly to your inbox, the Gate 15 SUN. To subscribe, please email [email protected].

Main Topics

ISIS Calls for Jewish Attacks Around the World. “Terrorist group ISIS has called for violent targeting of Jewish people worldwide in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas… Published on Friday in Arabic in Al-Naba, a weekly magazine by ISIS, it advocates for violence and murder against Jewish people worldwide. The terror group has a history of systematic persecution of religious groups, including Muslims. Issue 413 contains an infographic titled, ‘Practical ways to support Muslims in Palestine,’ which encourages attacks on Jewish people and Israel, with the goal of ‘returning its land to the House of Islam again,’ a translation from Arabic to English completed by Newsweek has found… outlines how its supporters can help ISIS military efforts, including ‘targeting Jewish neighborhoods in America, Europe and the rest of the world,’ and ‘attacking the Jewish and Crusader embassies with burning and vandalism,’ the Newsweek translation has found. It also promotes ‘targeting Jewish temples (synagogues) spread everywhere’ as well as attacking ‘Jewish economic interests spread throughout the world.’ …the ‘battlefield’ is not limited to Palestine and ‘includes all places of the Jewish presence.’”

New Portman Report Demonstrates Threat Ransomware Presents to the United States. “This report details the attacks by Russia-based ransomware group REvil on three American companies, and the experiences of those companies during the incident response. The goal of this report is to provide information companies and agencies can use to prepare for and respond to ransomware attacks. REvil targeted entities of all sizes and sophistication. The three companies have little in common in terms of business model, purpose, or number of employees. Entity A is a global multi-sector Fortune 500 company with roughly 100,000 employees. Entity B is a global manufacturing company with several thousand employees. Entity C is a technology firm with only 50 employees. Nevertheless, all three were targeted by the same ransomware group. This underscores the broad threat ransomware presents and the proactive steps all organizations must take to implement cyber best practices.” The report includes good background, key findings and recommendations.

FBI Releases 2022 Crime in the Nation Statistics. The FBI released detailed data on over 11 million criminal offenses reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program… The FBI’s crime statistics estimates for 2022 show that national violent crime decreased an estimated 1.7% in 2022 compared to 2021 estimates. 

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