Homeland Security ‘concerned’ about possible cyber-attack from Iran

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Saturday updated its National Terrorism Advisory expressing concern “about Iran’s potential to carry out cyber-attacks.”

In its updated bulletin, DHS states: “Iran likely views terrorism as an option to deter or retaliate against its perceived adversaries” but “at this time, we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland.”

However, the bulletin states: “We remain concerned about Iran’s potential to carry out cyber attacks. Additionally, Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated their capability to conduct various operations in the U.S.”

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

“Based on Iran’s historic homeland and global targeting patterns, the financial services and energy sectors, maritime assets, as well as U.S. Government and symbolic targets represent consistent priorities for Tehran’s malicious operational planning.”

A release from Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense quotes Guam Homeland Security Advisor Tim Aguon as saying: “The current NTAS bulletin provides situational awareness of the Iran-related terrorism threat to the U.S. Homeland. The bulletin does not indicate a specific, credible threat but it does highlight the potential for cyber-attacks.”

“We recognize the importance of protecting our critical infrastructure and continue to work with all partners to ensure their cyber networks are secure. We remind the community to take extra measures to bolster their cyber hygiene by changing passwords regularly, updating software when needed, and reporting any suspicious activity to authorities.”  

Guam Homeland Security advises residents to report any suspicious activity, threatening social media posts or messages relating to current events, to local authorities and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/ .

“If You See Something, Say Something” or call 671-475-0400 / email mrfc@ghs.guam.gov.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

READ the GHS/OCD release in FULL below:

U.S. DHS Updates National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) follow the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) updates to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).

Since December of 2015, DHS has included the NTAS Bulletin, which provides information to the public. It describes broader, more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism. The NTAS features an advisory system that consists of three types: Bulletin, Elevated Alert and Imminent Alert, with the Bulletin being the lowest form of advisory. For more information on the levels of advisory, visit https://www.dhs.gov/ntas-frequently-asked-questions.

“The current NTAS bulletin provides situational awareness of the Iran-related terrorism threat to the U.S. Homeland,” stated Tim Aguon, Homeland Security Advisor. “The bulletin does not indicate a specific, credible threat but it does highlight the potential for cyber-attacks. We recognize the importance of protecting our critical infrastructure and continue to work with all partners to ensure their cyber networks are secure. We remind the community to take extra measures to bolster their cyber hygiene by changing passwords regularly, updating software when needed, and reporting any suspicious activity to authorities.”

The community is advised to report any suspicious activity, threatening social media posts or messages relating to current events, to local authorities and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the joint campaign between Department of Homeland Security and Government of Guam, “If You See Something, Say Something” or call 671-475-0400 / email mrfc@ghs.guam.gov. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

For more details on the inclusion of the NTAS Bulletin, and to review any alerts or bulletins issued by DHS, visit https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system. Attached is the most recent NTAS bulletin, issued January 18, 2020 (EDT), in effect until March 18, 2020 (EDT). GHS/OCD has shared all NTAS bulletins since its inclusion in 2015 and will continue to share any bulletins or alerts issued by DHS.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.