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Faith-Based Daily Awareness Post

Faith-Based Daily Awareness Post 18 September 2023

Faith-Based Security Headlines

These updates are shared to help raise the situational awareness of Faith-Based organizations to best defend against, and mitigate the impacts from all-hazards threats including physical security, cybersecurity, and natural disasters.

Increase in Bomb Threat and Swatting Incident Reports Coincides with Jewish High Holy Days

NY: Troy Police investigating Synagogue bomb threat

The Safety/Security Manager at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, NY is a member of FB-ISAO and made us aware of the incident as soon as it occurred.

Other reports are:

Analyst Comments:

The Faith-Based ISAO’s Daily Awareness Post (DAP) has been reporting on bomb threat and swatting incidents. Sadly, these incidents are continuing.

The following resources are presented again for those who missed them in earlier DAPs.

The Maine School Safety Center provides information on  Anonymous Threats, Swatting, and more.

An article in The Forward provided steps from security professionals on:

  • Before a potential swatting or bomb threat incident occurs,
  • What to do during a swatting incident,
  • What to do after receiving a bomb threat,
  • And how to keep your synagogue livestream safe.

For bomb threats in particular, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made numerous resources available, including through the Bombing Prevention webpage at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The resources include a Bomb Threat Checklist and videos on how to respond to bomb threats and suspicious or unattended items.

As always, Faith-Based ISAO’s website provides resources in the Resource Library.

More Faith-Based Stories

Person arrested, suspected of setting 2 fires at Baptist church in Riverside, CA

Virgin Mary statue stolen from New Mexico church

NY: Urination at mosque; antisemitic mailing: Staten Island incidents spark concern

LA: Church reacts to ‘Little Cajun Saint’ grave robbery

MO: Woman taken into custody after threat to St. Mary Cathedral

TN: Man arrested in connection to church vandalism, Morgan Co. sheriff says

NJ: Police: Juvenile, 16, Charged in Connection with Online Antisemitic Threats

TX: Congregation Beth Israel heals after arson

Buffalo woman admits to vandalizing sign at anti-abortion clinic in Amherst

DC: Three Defendants Convicted of Federal Civil Rights Conspiracy and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act Offenses for Obstructing Access to a Reproductive Health Services Facility

Muslim New Jersey mayor denied entry to White House plans lawsuit against ‘watchlist’

Six ‘Soldiers of Christ’ charged with murder after woman found dead in trunk, police say

‘Warrior for Christ’ and anti-LGBTQ+ protester charged with causing a bomb scare at a Pride event

In Rosh Hashanah message, Trump says US Jews voted ‘to destroy America and Israel’

Texas City Won’t Allow Historic Black Church to Exist

With COVID’s resurgence ahead of the High Holidays, some synagogues are bringing pandemic guidelines back. But for most, it’s ‘business as usual.’

Pastor charged with attempted murder in Shawnee fire, attack that left several injured

Florida looking to define antisemitism amid attacks on synagogues

Islamophobia in police departments addressed by latest lawsuit

Interstate Travel to Get Abortions has Prevented the Dobbs Decision from Significantly Reducing the Number of Abortions in the US

#EndJewHatred leads protest against CUNY 

Extremist Content Online: Gumroad Fundraiser For Antisemitic Propaganda Website Removed

Extremist Content Online: Christchurch Manifesto Translated Into 41 Languages With Use Of Google Technology

Taliban detains American and 17 others in Afghanistan for ‘propagating and promoting Christianity’

‘I can’t believe this is happening:’ Lynchburg Bishop and team held at gun point in Brazil

Youth arrested over ‘shocking and unacceptable’ attack on Sikh teenager in Canada

UK: Police patrolling at prayer times after man ‘makes threats’ to family outside Birmingham mosque

Antisemitic attack in France: Jewish man threatened on the way to synagogue

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel after Jews ‘storm’ Temple Mount

China: Police raid church youth camp, detain four adults

Terrorists kill 23 pastors, shut down 200 churches in Nigerian state over 4 years

Select All-Hazards Stories

U.S. surpasses 500 mass shootings in 2023. Just 5 years ago, the country had never experienced 500 mass shootings in one year.

Number of people on terror watchlist stopped at U.S. border has risen

Far-right intimidation campaign turns to FBI agents, prosecutors

Authorities identify armed man who tried to approach RFK Jr. at event in Los Angeles

Sledgehammer-wielding man blames Chinese ‘torturing’ him for attack on Asian American museum: report

First Responders Toolbox: Considerations for Responding to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Attack

What Event Hosts Should Know About Safety and Security

Homeland Security Advisory Council Meets and Reports Findings on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Workforce Adaptation, and the Homeland Security Grant Program

Heavy Rain for New England; Critical Fire Weather for Sections of the Northwest National Weather Service

Atlantic Hurricane Season Remains Active With Multiple Areas To Watch

October – December Temperature Outlook: Slower Cooling From Summer Warmth Expected

TikTok slapped with $368 million fine over child privacy violations

Google pays $93M to settle Android tracking lawsuit in California

Extremist Content Online: Far-Right Propaganda, Attack Footage Sweeps Across Twitter

American white nationalists are fleeing US sites for Russian platforms. Here’s whyWhen MFA isn’t actually MFA


Apple ID, USPS, FedEx, Netflix, and MORE: Top Scams of the Week

Looking for a remote job for a cause you care about? Here’s how to know if it’s a scam

VFC ScamAware

How to Avoid the Text Message Scam Putting Your Cash at Risk

Virginia Tech Reports Email Phishing Scam

Virginia Beach SPCA Warns of Scam in Chesapeake

No, your device isn’t compromised. That message is a scam

Wanted California man allegedly scammed $56,000 out of elderly person in Virginia

Potential Scam Email Asking Library Users to Pay Fines Circulating in Campbell County

BBB Warns Against Credit Repair and Debt Relief Companies That Offer Big Promises

Influencer Scams Targeting High School and College Students

Albemarle Clerk’s Office Says Be Aware of the Jury Duty Scam

Computer Expert Sees Influx in Computer Scam Cases in the Roanoke Valley

The Week in Ransomware – September 15th 2023 – Russian Roulette

Microsoft Vulnerabilities, 15 Sep

Chrome Stable for iOS Update

Stable Channel Update for Desktop

More Security-focused Content

Read a report detailing attacks on Faith-Based organizations following the Dobbs ruling.
Read the Membership Reimagined Post.
Access all-hazards resources from public and private sector partners, curated by the FB-ISAO team.

The FB-ISAO’s sponsor Gate 15 publishes a free daily newsletter called the SUN. Curated from their open source intelligence collection process, the SUN informs leaders and analysts with the critical news of the day and provides a holistic look at the current global, all-hazards threat environment. Ahead of the daily news cycle, the SUN allows current situational awareness into the topics that will impact your organization. To sign-up for The SUN, please sign up below.

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