Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: COVID-19 Partner Threat Overview

Aprill, 21, 2020

US Department of Homeland Security

Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: COVID-19 Partner Threat Overview

Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence:

COVID-19 Partner Threat Overview

Law Enforcement Partners and Stakeholders:

 

The Counter Terrorism Response during COVID-19 product titled "COVID-19 Partner Threat Overview", stemmed out of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) COVID-19 Countering Terrorism Response Working Group. Please click here for the full document. In this working offices from DHS discussed the potential implications from increased threats emerging as a result of the vulnerabilities created by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

(U//FOUO) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is providing this product to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, and critical infrastructure owners and operators, with information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the threat landscape across the U.S. This product provides a consolidated resource for partners as the threat environment has evolved during the course of the pandemic.

 

(U//FOUO) DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) assesses that a broad range of illicit actors, including cyber attackers, nation-state actors, traditional criminals, and terrorists, are seeking to take advantage of the current COVID-19 pandemic within the United States. I&A has developed a number of intelligence assessments and products specific to the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. These products are available for review on the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN).

 

(U//FOUO) Attacks by cyber actors likely represents the most significant near-term threat across the U.S. DHS’ Cyber and Security Infrastructure Agency (CISA) is providing continual real-time updates to partners across the Homeland Security Information Network. CISA-developed products are available to registered stakeholders in authorized communities of interest. CISA uses the NCCIC Portal on HSIN to share threat indicators and advisory information with public, private, and international partners in the network defense community of practice (https://www.us-cert.gov/hsin). Although a range of cyber threats is currently a critical area of concern, antigovernment and racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists have already demonstrated intent to incite violence and conduct attacks as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this document you will find full details pertaining to this topic.

 

(U//FOUO) DHS recognizes that for many law enforcement agencies, this pandemic has resulted in a significant reduction in bandwidth and a need to balance response efforts with sustaining policing activities. However, it is imperative that law enforcement be aware of the second and third order effects and risks from the pandemic where violent extremists could be motivated to inflict additional harm, and to ensure communities have information that can help prevent potential attacks. If You See Something, Say Something TM remains relevant in the midst of this national public health emergency. DHS's Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) has prepared a Community Awareness Briefing (CAB) and Law Enforcement Awareness Briefing (LAB) for interested partners. Please contact TVTP at the email addresses indicated in the attached brochures to arrange a briefing.

 


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