Weekly Security Sprint EP 57. Terrorism threats, IoT labeling, exploitation threats, and more.

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Main Topics

Terrorism & Extremism


  • On popular online platforms, predatory groups coerce children into self-harm. The person in the online chat introduced himself as “Brad.” Using flattery and guile, he persuaded the 14-year-old girl to send a nude photo. It instantly became leverage. Over the following two weeks in April 2021, he and other online predators threatened to send the image to the girl’s classmates in Oklahoma unless she live-streamed degrading and violent acts, the girl’s mother told The Washington Post. They coerced her into carving their screen names deep into her thigh, drinking from a toilet bowl and beheading a pet hamster — all as they watched in a video chatroom on the social media platform Discord. The pressure escalated until she faced one final demand: to kill herself on camera. Related: There Are Dark Corners of the Internet. Then There’s 764.

FCC approves cyber labeling program for loT devices

Quick Hits

Earth just had its warmest February on record

European Environment Agency: Europe is not prepared for rapidly growing climate risks



Undersea cable failures cause Internet disruptions for multiple African countries

Info Ops: Blinken Warns of Disinformation Threat to Democracies.

US is still chasing down pieces of Chinese hacking operation, NSA official says

UK NCSC: Cloud-hosted supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)

US GAO – Science & Tech Spotlight: Combating Deepfakes

HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Letter and Opens Investigation of Change Healthcare Cyberattack

FB-ISAO Newsletter, v6, Issue 3

The water industry wants to write its own cybersecurity rules. Will Biden and Congress go for it?

CISA: Secure Cloud Business Applications: Hybrid Identity Solutions Guidance

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