Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Joint FBI and DHS Report Warns of “Lone Offender” Terrorist Threat

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) recently issued the Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism. This report warns that: greatest terrorism threat to the Homeland we face today is posed by lone...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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United States Federal Response to Racially/Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremist Attack Planning, 2014-2019

The Program on Extremism at George Washington University has released Racially/Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremist (RMVE) Attack Planning and United States Federal Response, 2014-2019. Based upon work by the Department of Homeland Security, this report focuses on the growth of domestic terrorism and violent extremism over the five year period of...

New National Security Archive Briefing Book on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

Following the May 8, 2021 ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, National Security Archive has released a new briefing book This is Not a Drill: Ransoming American Security.  Attributed to the ransomware group DarkSide,  the attack which paralyzed Colonial Pipeline supplier of 45% of East Coast fuel, provides “a glimpse of the threat that ransomware and malicious cyber actors, even those...

GNET Survey on Research Community-Tech Industry Engagement: Exploring the Role of Technology and Violent Extremism

The Global Network on Extremism & Technology has released GNET Survey on the Role of Technology in Violent Extremism and the State of Research Community – Tech Industry Engagement, a new survey that explores role of the internet and social media in violent extremism.   The report begins with a brief literature review which provide...

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

COVID-19, conspiracy theory, global panic warning signs. Social media campaign for the spread of disinformation.

Superspreaders of Malign and Subersive COVID-19 Information in U.S.: Russian and Chinese Efforts

RAND has released Superspreaders of Malign and Subversive Information on COVID-19: Russian and Chinese Efforts Targeting the United States. This report describes COVID-19 information manipulation by Russia and China targeting U.S. audiences for the first half of 2020. Although the two countries differ in their principal goals; Russia aiming to...