Morning Security Brief: Russia Foils Terrorist Attack, Cruise Line Biothreat Scare, Cybersecurity Goes Offensive, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►Russia says it has foiled a terrorist attack planned on the city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Games. “Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the secret service agency FSB discovered 10 caches of ammunition that included portable surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, flame throwers, grenades, rifles and explosives,” the Associated Press reports. Russia suspects attacks were being planned by Doku Umarov, a Chechen rebel leader.

►Neurosurgeon Jack Kruse was slated to speak at an event on a Carnival Cruise Monday, but was instead removed from the ship after the Coast Guard, FBI, and Homeland Security were alerted about a post on Twitter that said he was planning a biological attack. The cruise line also received a call from someone named “Lance” who claimed Kruse had a plan to perform a viral biohack on the ship. Officials determined the account was created by an imposter and cleared Kruse, but the captain did not allow him back on the ship. The fake Twitter account has since been removed.

►The focus of cybersecurity firms is changing. "There's really no organization, including government agencies, that can prevent this type of attack. So you need to shift your mode into thinking that you are always in a state of compromise, and you need to start thinking about how to hunt on the network,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, the former chief of threat research at McAfee. Alperovitch and other experts say the new way of defense in cybersecurity is a strong offense, aggressively hunting down adversaries, tracking them on computer networks, and “confronting him over and over,” NPR reports. 

►A series of car bombs in Damascus, Syria, has left 40 dead and 170 injured. No group has taken credit for the attacks. ♦ A scientist at the Veterans Health Research Institute dies from the bacteria he was working on, highlighting the dangers of working with pathogens. ♦ And the FBI is worried that Bitcoin, a digital currency, is being used for money laundering and other criminal activity.


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