Morning Security Brief: IMF Cyberattack, Stolen Passports, Disguised Insurgents, and More

By Carlton Purvis


► The International Monetary Fund became the latest high-profile target of computer hackers after it was hit by a “large and sophisticated cybertattack whose dimensions are still unknown,” reported The New York Times on Saturday (June 11). The attacks used a process called spearphishing where “an individual is fooled into clicking on a malicious Web link or running a program that allows open access to the recipient’s network,” The New York Times wrote. Officials are investigating what information the hackers were able to access.

40,000 travelers made their way around the world on stolen passports over the past several months Interpol Chief Ronald K. Noble told The Press Trust of India in an interview. In the interview, he called traveling with false documents “the biggest threat" to aviation.

Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, the country is saturated with NATO troops, limiting the ability for insurgents to launch large scale attacks. The new threat, Canadian officers say, comes from insurgents who infiltrate Afghan security forces. A piece from The Toronto Star examines the tools NATO is using to counter the rising threat.

The FBI plans to release a new edition of the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide in which it lays out how it will give agents broader authority to search databases, go through people’s trash and administer lie-detector tests without opening a formal investigation, The New York Times reports. The new manual will also remove restrictions on the use of surveillance squads to track persons of interest. “The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity, The New York Times reports.

In other news, TSA plans to remove more than 30 employees from Honolulu International Airport after an investigation revealed improper screening of checked baggage. Also in the news, The Sacramento Bee reports that documents released from the National Security Archive in April show Chiquita Brands International helped Colombian militias ship drugs and smuggle arms in exchange for port access.


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