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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 10, 2021

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Knoxville Police Department in an investigation into shots fired at a Knoxville Planned Parenthood clinic.

Knoxville Police launched an investigation after someone fired a shotgun through the front doors of the clinic in the early morning hours of Jan. 22.

No injuries were reported.

KPD says that a witness saw a white male inside of a black or dark-colored four-door sedan holding a shotgun.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Knoxville Police.

Read more: WATE (Knoxville)

Gregory Paul Ulrich dreamed of getting revenge on the doctors and medical staff who had "tortured" him, records show.

In October 2018, Ulrich was calling his former doctor three times a day, threatening a mass shooting, to blow things up and other revenge scenarios, according to a Buffalo, Minn., Police Department report.

"I believe Mr. Ulrich is a high threat to society and himself," the doctor told police at the time.

More than two years later, Ulrich, 67, was arrested after five people were shot at the Allina Health clinic in Buffalo. Whether he obtained his gun legally was unclear Tuesday.

After the 2018 threats, Ulrich was taken to an emergency room for a mental health evaluation. His complaints appeared to stem from a series of back surgeries and medications he took afterward, police said.

Read more: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Iran is running two surveillance operations in cyber-space, targeting more than 1,000 dissidents, according to a leading cyber-security company.

The efforts were directed against individuals in Iran and 12 other countries, including the UK and US, Check Point said.

It said the two groups involved were using new techniques to install spyware on targets' PCs and mobile devices.

And this was then being used to steal call recordings and media files.

One of the groups, known as Domestic Kitten or APT-50, is accused of tricking people into downloading malicious software on to mobile phones by a variety of means including:

Read more: BBC News

Oldsmar, Florida, experienced one of the biggest fears in cybersecurity Friday — hackers looking to poison its water supply.

It's the kind of breach that has been warned about for years but is rarely seen. Experts say the hack, which was addressed quickly, is a prime example of why the cybersecurity of the U.S. water supply remains one of the greatest risks to the country's infrastructure.

And like the U.S. election system, it tends to be a sprawling and varied challenge.

"Water facilities are particularly problematic," said Suzanne Spaulding, who was the chief cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration. "When I first came into DHS and started getting the sector-specific briefings, my team said, 'Here's what you've got to know about water facilities: When you've seen one water facility, you've seen one water facility.'"

Read more: NBC News

An arrest has been made after two explosive devices were planted in public areas in Trinidad, including one that seriously injured a 22-year-old man.

Police announced Monday night that Jonathon Armijo, of Trinidad, had been booked in the Las Animas County Jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of possession/use of an explosive device.

Armijo’s arrest came less than a day after the second two of explosions in the city. Police tell 11 News victim Diego Hurtado was with a friend at the Trinidad Apartments on the north side of the city around 1 a.m. Monday when the pair spotted a wooden box lying in an empty parking space. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, there was a note attached to the box that read, “Sissy Mom + Dad’s rings! DO NOT LOSE! See you at the wedding!”

Read more: KKTV