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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 14, 2021

Hackers who broke into the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, locked up files and demanded $4 million in return for not leaking the agency’s data, have now released what they claim is the full batch of documents they pilfered. The Babuk ransomware crew said it amounted to a huge 250GB trove of files, including a “gang database” and masses of personal data of police personnel.

“We publish the full data of the police department. . . . The police also wanted to pay us, but the amount turned out to be too small,” Babuk wrote on its dark web site on Thursday, after the hackers had posted an alleged conversation with the police, indicating that the department had offered a $100,000 ransom. “Look at this wall of shame, you have every chance of not getting there, just pay us!” The post came with a picture taken from the Police Academy movie, during a scene in which two characters, standing close together, shout at each other through megaphones.

The group posted links to two batches of data: one marked “HR” for “human resources,” the other simply labeled “all.”

Read more: Forbes

Three rockets were launched from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Thursday but landed in the Mediterranean Sea, causing no damage or casualties, the Israeli military said. The rocket firing threatened to open a new front in the escalating fighting between Israel and the militant Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in a Twitter post confirmed that three rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of northern Israel.

The IDF gave no details of who fired them. But two sources close to Israel's arch-enemy Hezbollah told the AFP the Lebanese Shiite group had no link to the incident.

Read more: France 24

A bomb ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers killing 12 worshippers, Afghan police said.

Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the mosque's imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the dead. Another 15 people were wounded.

The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the Imam may have been the target, Faramarz said.

An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosque, which showed minor damage.

Read more: ABC News

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is ahead of the pack when it comes to ensuring that the food we eat and our agricultural supply are safe. An attack on our food supply—whether from intentional tampering, or due to contagious animal disease—could be dangerous to human health and could cause long-lasting economic impacts.

For S&T, food defense is a critical aspect of protecting the nation and our citizens. It is why S&T is working with partners across DHS and other federal agencies to ensure every step in the food supply chain is safe and secure—from farms, where crops and livestock are grown, to manufacturing facilities, where food products are processed, packaged, and then distributed to stores, and on to Americans’ kitchen tables. To achieve this, S&T is developing resources such as risk assessments to help the sector focus on the highest risk areas, so we can trust that the food we eat is safe, especially during a pandemic. These resources include developing tools for preventing and securing food from intentional adulteration during processing, developing animal disease vaccines and detection tools, and studying and characterizing toxic chemicals and pathogens that can contaminate food.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

Three people arrested as part of an investigation into right-wing terrorism have been charged with possessing components of a 3D-printed firearm.

Daniel Wright, 29, Liam Hall, 30, and Stacey Salmon, 28, all from Keighley in West Yorkshire, are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

They will appear alongside another man, Samuel Whibley, 28, from Anglesey, who also faces multiple terrorism charges.

All four were arrested by counter terrorism police in raids on 1 May.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy who was arrested in Swindon has been released from custody without charge, it has been confirmed.

The charges follow searches of properties as part of the investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

Read more: BBC News