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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Oct 8, 2018

Italian authorities say they have placed a 25-year-old Italian under investigation for allegedly hacking eight NASA web domains in 2013.

Italy’s postal police, who handle hacking and other cybercrime investigations, said the suspect was allegedly a member of a group called “Master Italian Hackers Team” and boasted of the hack on social media.

In addition to NASA sites, police said the unnamed suspect also hacked some 60 Italian institutional sites, including those of state-run broadcaster RAI, the penitentiary police and some provincial sites in Tuscany.

A police statement Monday said the suspect, who hails from the northern city of Salo, admitted to hacking the sites after being presented with evidence.

News source: Washington Post


The US Coast Guard has a number of threats it needs to worry about when dealing with boats and their crews on US waterways, but boats without crews are adding a new wrinkle to the problem. 

"There is an emergence in the Middle East with ISIS of using unmanned remotely controlled vessels that are packed with explosives, and that would pose a significant challenge," Lt. Cmdr. Devon Brennan, the commander of the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Team in New York, said on Friday during a use-of-force demonstration. 

The Coast Guard's MSSTs are tasked with security operations in US harbors and waterways. They were created in 2002, primarily to provide rapid-response anti-terrorism capability, protecting shipping, vessels, and infrastructure. 

In its campaigns across the Levant, ISIS made profligate use vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices — suicide car bombs — to target Iraqi forces and other opposition forces. The terror group also used small, commercially available drones equipped with small explosives or grenades. Terror groups have also used manned explosive-laden vessels to mount attacks. 

More recently, a small boat loaded with explosives slammed into a Saudi frigate and exploded, causing a fire, in the Mandeb Strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It was one of three suicide boats that attacked the ship, which was able to repel two of them, according to the Saudi Press Agency. 

Read more: Business Insider

Israeli security forces are searching for a Palestinian suspected of killing two Israelis and wounding a third in the occupied West Bank on Sunday. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, were shot dead at a factory near the Jewish settlement of Ariel.

CCTV footage showed a man carrying a rifle fleeing the scene. He was identified as Ashraf Naalwa, 23, who also worked at the factory. Israel's military said it was treating the killings as a terrorist attack.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the assailant entered the factory shortly before 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT), armed with a homemade sub-machine gun known as a "Carlo".

IDF spokesman Brig Gen Ronen Manelis said the Shin Bet internal security service had concluded that the attack was an act of terrorism, but added that the gunman might have had "additional motives" that were not nationalistic. 

More than 50 Israelis and several foreign nationals have been killed since late 2015 in a series of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks, predominantly by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs. More than 260 Palestinians have also been killed over the same period. Most have been assailants, Israel says. Others have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Read more: BBC News

The self-styled Libyan National Army says its troops have captured a prominent militant wanted in neighboring Egypt.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page on Monday, the army said Hesham Eshmawi was captured in an "operation" in the eastern town of Derna. A Twitter account run by spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari published a mugshot of Eshmawi with a bloodied face. The image matches photos of Eshmawi widely used in the Egyptian media.

Eshmawi, a former Egyptian army officer, has long been suspected of having fled to Libya from where he masterminded attacks in Egypt. 

He is believed to have been behind a 2013 assassination attempt against then-Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim and several deadly ambushes of security forces in the country's Western Desert near the Libyan border.

News source: ABC News