Morning Security Brief: U.S. Border Patrol Improves Training, Syrian Hackers Attack NYT, and More

By Lilly Chapa
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report yesterday lauding Customs and Border Protection for strengthening the training of its officers. The study was a follow-up to a 2011 GAO report which recommended the CBP assess, evaluate, and redefine border officers’ roles. CBP has implemented three of the four recommendations and is well on its way to implementing the fourth, according to the report. Some of the changes the CBP has implemented include analyzing test results to find trends on how to better train officers; developing a National Policy and Standard Operating Procedures document that specifies officers’ training and roles; and analyzing and correcting gaps in training.
The New York Times and Twitter suffered cyberattacks yesterday at the hands of the Syrian Electronic Army, according to news reports. The low-level Domain Name System hijack left the web sites inaccessible for large parts of Tuesday and Wednesday and was a critical breach to security, Drexel University criminal justice professor Rob D’Ovidio said. “We know that personal information is not being stolen,” notes D’Ovidio. “We know that misinformation is not being put out there by changing news stories, etc. These would be much more damaging.” Experts believe that the Syrian Electronic Army will continue to go after high-traffic sites to bring attention to their cause.

One of India’s most wanted terrorism suspects, Yasin Bhatkal, was captured yesterday by the country’s intelligence officials. Bhatkal allegedly co-founded the Indian Mujahideen, a militant group that has been banned in India and classified as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, according to CNN. He is accused of masterminding multiple bombings in the region, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds. The Indian Mujahideen's "stated goal is to carry out terrorist actions against non-Muslims in furtherance of its ultimate objective -- an Islamic Caliphate across South Asia," the State Department says.


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