Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Recent Focus on QAnon

Months after the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, the QAnon conspiracy theory continues to gain traction in the U.S., and pose potential threats to American democracy and public safety. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational...

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Facebook’s IO Threat Report

According to Facebook’s recent Threat Report on the State of Influence Operations (IO), from 2017 through mid 2021, they took down at least 150 covert influence operations for violations against their Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) policies.  These “coordinated efforts to manipulate or corrupt public debate for a strategic goal” originated...

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

As the 2021 Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons as well as the peak Western wildfire season are fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials as they prepare for another year of response and recovery operations amidst the COVID-19...

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Disinformation Automation

Effective disinformation campaigns can create doubt, spread false narratives, and even call others to action, but these campaigns have strictly been a human-only endeavor. In Truth, Lies, and Automation: How Language Models Could Change Disinformation, researchers at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology explore if artificial intelligence and automation...

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Challenges in Addressing Domestic Violent Extremism

Mitchell D. Silber’s recently published report for the Atlantic Council titled “Domestic Violent Extremism and the Intelligence Challenge,”  offers a deep dive into the intelligence challenges exposed by the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot event. According  Silber, “intelligence collection did not fail. In fact, it was robust. Rather, the failure was...

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...