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Cyber Attacks and Social Engineering: Hackers Target People, Not Just Systems

At its core, espionage is social engineering. Despite the Hollywood film and spy thriller depictions, being a good spy relies much more on understanding and manipulating people than on sophisticated technological gadgets. … [READ MORE]

London Attack: Our Adversaries are Patient

The only way we will make significant progress in securing mass transport and other soft targets is through continuous vigilance, which can only be achieved by enlisting the support of the general public. … [READ MORE]

WTOP interviews TrapWire’s Mike Maness on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

All of the officials and experts WTOP spoke to concede that no amount of technology or human dedication can cover what Maness fears — complacency. … [READ MORE]

Working Against Modern Terror Cells: A Change in Tactics

This is an excellent article on the make-up of a modern Jihadist terror cell. We have noted for some time (even prior to 9/11) the fact that many terror “cadres” are built around family ties. Much like the Mafia and other organized crime groups, the honor code amongst family and clan members helps ensure loyalty and the Jihadist version of “Omertà.” … [READ MORE]

TRAPWIRE Director Mike Maness Interviewed for Article on Changing Terror Tactics

As we harden iconic and high-value targets, they shifted to soft targets and crowded spaces. … [READ MORE]

TRAPWIRE Launches New Threat Detection System

Our clients are collecting and managing hundreds of threat reports covering criminal activity, terrorist planning and insider threats. Since each of these reports could represent a potential disaster for their organization, they needed a capability to detect threats within this data quickly and efficiently. The release of TrapWire 7.0 will dramatically improve their ability to detect and preempt threats to their personnel and facilities. … [READ MORE]

London Attacks: Indications of Pre-Attack Preparations

It is highly likely the evidence will show that the Palace of Westminster attack was far from a random act of violence, and probably preceded by at least some pre-attack planning and intelligence collection by the individual(s) involved. … [READ MORE]

Inside the Mind of a Terrorist Surveillant

In 2004, acting on a tip from a recently arrested terrorism suspect, Pakistani police raided an Al-Qa’ida safehouse in Gujarat, Pakistan. Among the large amount of evidence collected at the scene were several laptops and 51 compact discs containing details on numerous Al-Qa’ida operations in the US and UK. The discovery of this treasure trove of surveillance and operational plans was a shock to the intelligence and law enforcement communities. … [READ MORE]