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CHIPS Articles: DHS Issues Warning of Possible Cyber Attacks

DHS Issues Warning of Possible Cyber Attacks
By CHIPS Magazine - January 7, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

DHS advises, “Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber-attacks against the United States. Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States.”

An attack in the homeland may come with little or no warning. Be prepared for cyber disruptions, suspicious emails, and network delays, DHS cautions. Implement basic cyber hygiene practices such as effecting data backups and employing multi-factor authentication. For more information visit

“At this time there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland. The Department issued this bulletin to inform, share protective measures, and reassure the American public, state and local governments, and private sector partners that the Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise” said Acting Secretary Wolf. “The Department is operating with an enhanced posture and various operational components are taking protective measures where prudent and necessary. We have been in constant communication with Congress and interagency partners. The American people should feel assured the entire Department is working for them to keep them safe.”

You can help by reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement who are best to offer specific details on terroristic indicators.

Report suspicious activity or information about a threat, including online activity, to fusion centers and the FBI’s Field Offices – part of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

Learn how to recognize signs of pre-operational planning associated with terrorism or other criminal activity.

Read the new NTAS Bulletin here.

Finally, If You See Something, Say SomethingSM. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911. Navy commands should contact their security office or installation security force.

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