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Jihadists and Vault 7: What it Means for the Rest of Us

April 17, 2017

The so-called Vault 7 files released by Wikileaks that describe the Central Intelligence Agency’s electronic surveillance and cyber warfare capabilities continue to attract a significant amount of attention. In addition to the numerous reports and news stories about the leaks and associated consequences, some researchers have even gone so far as to draw connections between […]

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Evaluating Cyber and Physical Risks During International Travel

Whether for business or pleasure, international travel can present various cyber and physical risks. Unfortunately, the precarious state of the geopolitical and threat landscape has increased some of these risks, yielding widespread concern and uncertainty among those seeking to travel safely and securely. Given that certain threats may be particularly damaging not only to individual travelers […]

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As A’maq Comes Under Attack, A Lesson in Deep Web Significance

April 4, 2017

On March 29, 2017, the ISIS-affiliated media unit A’maq Media released a statement warning followers that the organization’s website had been hacked and was distributing a “virus file,” referring to a Trojan that visitors were prompted to download. The message from A’maq pled “please be careful.” Shortly thereafter, pro-ISIS jihadists echoed A’maq’s admonition and circulated […]

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Jihadists React to President Trump’s Executive Order

January 31, 2017

Key Takeaways • Since President Trump’s inauguration, jihadists have discussed what they perceive to be growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States, with many claiming that the U.S. is showing its “true face.” • This chatter has increased since President Trump’s executive order on January 27, 2017, which banned travel from several Muslim-majority countries, including […]

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Business Risk Intelligence: Threat and Capabilities Matrix for Decision-Makers (Preview)

January 12, 2017

Yesterday we released our inaugural Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report. Unlike traditional end-of-year reports, we chose to eschew providing predictions for the coming year, which from our experience are overly generic and do not lend themselves to supporting informed decision-making. Instead, the Flashpoint team looked back at 2016 and drew from our unique tools and […]

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Jihadists Advise American Muslims to Arm Themselves Ahead of Trump Presidency

December 14, 2016

Key Takeaways • Discussions about the U.S. presidential election and subsequent President-elect Donald Trump victory have recently taken place on a private, predominantly pro-al-Qaida Dark Web channel, in which several members are self-identified Westerners, including Americans. • During these discussions, these members expressed fear as they anticipate anti-Muslim violence and policies under the new administration. […]

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Evaluating the Physical Threat from UCC “Kill Lists”

October 28, 2016

In late September 2016, a Maryland man named Nelash Mohamed Das was indicted for attempting to provide material support to ISIS. This indictment was in connection with Das’s plans to attack U.S. military members, one of whom had appeared on a kill list published by pro-ISIS hackers in 2015. On October 9, the United Cyber […]

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Pro-ISIS Jihadists Dabble in Encryption, Prove Under-Sophisticated

Jihadi actors have been experimenting with encrypted communication technologies since as early as 2008. Through the development of proprietary encrypted communication tools and the growing adoption of various cyber technologies, these actors have demonstrated an increased interest in obfuscating their digital fingerprints. This interest is underscored through discussions on top jihadi web forums, where members […]

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