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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a harsh spotlight on U.S. and global healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain, and resource shortfalls that continue to undermine efforts to contain the crisis. The lessons learned from the past six months indicate a need to broaden the definition of national security to include ensuring availability of and access to the institutional, human, and natural resources needed to maintain at least a foundational level of resilience to any threat to the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted shortfalls in the availability of and access to key resources. Resources are used to address individual and societal needs. Abraham Maslow wrote that all people have needs, and certain needs must be satisfied before attempting to achieve others. Insecurity in access to and availability of those resources increases the likelihood of unrest and tension – regardless of country or community.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

Israel said Wednesday that it thwarted a North Korean cyber group’s attempt to steal sensitive information from leading defense companies in the country.

Israel’s Defense Ministry identified the group as Lazarus and said it is backed by a foreign country, though it didn’t name North Korea.

Lazarus was sanctioned by the U.S. last year.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

While ISIS no longer has the ability to hold ground, the terrorist organization isn't completely defeated. An enduring defeat, the commander of U.S. Central Command said, will require, in part, plans for refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war and for local security forces to be able to handle ISIS on their own.

"One of the very highest priorities I have at Central Command is dealing with displaced persons and refugees," Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said during a discussion today with the U.S. Institute of Peace. "I think it's an unfortunate byproduct of the conflict in the region."

Displaced people now in camps may be radicalized and susceptible to influence later on by ISIS, McKenzie said. Those men, women and children will need to be returned home, and they need to be deradicalized, the general said, noting that it's a strategic problem for those most interested in keeping ISIS at bay perpetually.

Read more: Department of Defense

At least three people have been killed in riots after an alleged blasphemous Facebook post about the Prophet Muhammed triggered riots in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police clashed with thousands of protesters on Tuesday evening, tear-gassing crowds and opening fire with live ammunition.

Local media reports that two people killed in the riots had died of gunshot wounds.

Three people were critically injured during the violence violence and at least one reporter was injured, police told French news agency AFP.

Read more: Deutsche Welle