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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Feb 9, 2021

A gunman with a history of threatening medical workers was arrested for opening fire at a Buffalo, Minn., health clinic on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding four others in what authorities called "a horrible-looking scene."

Gregory Paul Ulrich, 67, was jailed after the shootings that stunned and locked down parts of the community 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities just before 11 a.m.

Authorities did not release the name of the victim who died at HCMC in Minneapolis after being taken by ambulance from the scene at Allina Clinic on Crossroads Campus Drive; three other people remained in critical but stable condition at North Memorial Health Hospital on Tuesday evening and a fourth had been released.

Read more: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

An ISIS-supporting cybersecurity group warned followers of the terror group that installing a Google Play app would leave them vulnerable to surveillance by intelligence agencies.

The alert was issued by the Electronic Horizons Foundation, which launched in January 2016 as an IT help desk of sorts to walk ISIS supporters through how to encrypt their communications and otherwise avoid detection online while coordinating with and recruiting jihadists.

EHF released a 24-page cybersecurity magazine for ISIS supporters last May that walks jihadists through step-by-step security for smartphones — while encouraging them to use a computer instead for more secure terror-related business — and warns of “nightmare” Microsoft Windows collecting user data from geolocation to browsing history.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

The Biden administration will examine if additional F.B.I. agents are needed at the bureau’s field offices to address the threat of domestic violent extremism, a senior administration official said on Friday.

Last month, the White House ordered a review of the threat of domestic violent extremism, led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. That assessment will inform a policy review that will consider F.B.I. resources, additional authorities, foreign influence operations and other questions.

The senior administration official said that the assessment and initial policy review would take about 100 days. The official spoke on a conference call with reporters on ground rules of anonymity to broach current policy discussions.

Read more: New York Times

A 16-year-old Syrian suspected of preparing an attack in Norway was remanded in police custody for two weeks on Friday.

The PST security police said the teenager had been arrested on Thursday on suspicion of preparing "an act of terrorism".

His public defender has called for his release.

"He is not admitting to any crime," lawyer Anders Berg Fevang told the public broadcaster, NRK.

Police did not reveal details of the suspected plan.

Read more: US News & World Report

Britain's terrorism threat level from international terrorism has been lowered to 'substantial' from 'severe', the third highest tier which means an attack is deemed to be likely as opposed to highly likely.

The threat level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the security services. It has five levels moving from low to moderate, substantial, severe and critical.

The United Kingdom was moved on to a severe setting last November following attacks in France and Austria.

Read more: US News & World Report