Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

What Can We Learn from Sandy?

When Superstorm Sandy hit, there were many restoration challenges to the electric grid. Though the differences between Sandy and a sophisticated cyber attack may be many, they can all be traced back to the importance of existing mutual assistance agreements. These agreements can be between utilities, government partners and others. “The study...

Firearms Assaults Against Law Enforcement

Understanding Firearms Assaults Against Law Enforcement Officers in the United States, attempts to connect law enforcement policies, procedures, training, and agency characteristics to reducing firearm assaults. The publication includes a review of 50 years of literature written about situations that can lead to assaults. There is also data from a current...

2016 – The Year Ransomware Holds America Hostage

2016 – The year of Ransomware. The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) released their report regarding the new hostage taking tactic for cyber-criminals. The new form of cyber-hostage-taking, “is less about technological sophistication and more about exploitation of the human element.” The origins of Ransomware stem from the 1989...

Are Americans IED Ready?

“As seen by the explosive attacks in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and recently Turkey; the IED [improvised explosive device] is a weapon that continues to be used very successfully by terrorists and violent extremists. All around the globe explosive attacks are in news reports. Terrorists have made the IED...

ISIL and al-Qaeda: “Protagonists in Today’s Deadliest Crises”

On March 14, 2016, the International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report regarding the roots and expansion of two deadliest extremist groups, ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] (also known as ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] or IS [Islamic State]) and al-Qaeda. Groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda (like Boko Haram and...

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

The report, The Children of Islamic State, discusses the many aspects of recruitment and training of children for the Islamic State. Through coercion and abductions, many children join out of fear for their lives. They continue to be indoctrinated early in their lives, and they become desensitized to the violence...

Domestic Terrorism / Extremism: Single Issue / Special Interest

A brief, targeted collection of foundational documents, recently-released documents of particular interest, or items of potential importance related to Domestic Terrorism / Extremism: Single Issue / Special Interest. These items are hand-selected and vetted by the HSDL content team. Resources are grouped by Government Reports, Hearings, Reports & Studies, Theses,...

Osama Bin Laden the Environmentalist?: New Batch of Documents Released From “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently released a second batch of declassified material taken from Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after his successful execution by U.S. Navy SEALs in May of 2011.  This second release comes almost a year after the initial release of...

Terror Gone Viral :Overview of the 75 ISIS-Linked Plots Against the West

Since 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has plotted 75 attacks against the West.  Whether simply inspired by ISIS ideology and carried out by lone actors or centrally organized and directed ISIS leadership, plots have grown increasingly frequent and more violent.  In “Terror Gone Viral”, the House...

Intelligence Community Workshop: Privacy and Best Practices

In July 2015, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) sponsored a workshop titled “Privacy Research and Best Practices“. The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CTSB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened the workshop and has recently published the summary. The workshop hosted panels featuring...