Morning Security Brief: Possible Chemical or Biological Attack at U.S. Embassy, .Gov Sites Used for Phishing Attacks, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Sweden’s Security Service is investigating a possible chemical or biological attack on the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm taht happened Wednesday. An envelope containing white powder arrived at the embassy that morning, prompting an evacuation. After testing the substance, police were able to confirm that the powder was “poisonous.” Police have yet to release any further information on what the substance was, but have classified the incident as a case of “spreading a poison or virus.”

►A redirect flaw in .gov sites allows phishers to hijack “” short links to forward users to a fake site about work-from-home business opportunities in hopes that victims will enter their personal information. At least 20,000 users have fallen victim to the scam, SC Magazine reports. The U.S. General Services Administration says it is aware of the flaw and is working to resolve the problem.

►It was his posting on a social media site that led to the arrest of Ali Ani al-Harzi, a man suspected of participating in the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, The Daily Beast reports. According to unnamed sources, his post "helped U.S. intelligence locate him and track him down after he fled Libya for Turkey.” A study from January says subversive groups are increasingly relying on social media as a communication tool or for target selection

►In other news, a man in Arlington is arrested for throwing an improvised explosive device in a mall. ♦ Leon Alphans Traille Jr. has been charged with arson. The FBI dedicates a section on its Web site to honoring the legacy of female agents. ♦ And in case you missed any of the presidential debates, you can watch them all online.


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