EDM Monday Briefing: Mass Shootings, Internet Threat Exposure, DDoS Attacks
Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 13, 2016: Orlando, FL is the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, an IT security firm ranks countries based on Internet threat exposure, Akamai reports a big spike in DDoS attacks, and another mass murder takes place in New Mexico.
- At least 50 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a gay club in Orlando, FL early Sunday morning. The gunman, named by law enforcement as Omar Mateen, also took hostages, wounded at least 50 others, and pledged ISIS allegiance. The gunman exchanged fire with SWAT team members, Orlando police officers and Orange County sheriff's deputies and was ultimately shot dead about three hours after the initial shooting.
- With more than 50 fatalities, the incident is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Prior to this incident, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007, when 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly interviewed Mateen three times prior to the massacre for having alleged terrorist ties.
- IT security firm Rapid7 recently analyzed Internet threat exposure across the globe, and found that Belgium sat atop the list as the country with the most exposure, followed by Tajikistan, Samoa, Australia and China. The security firm found a correlation between the gross domestic product (GDP) of a country and the overall Internet “presence” of that nation, but increased Internet presence for higher-GDP countries did not always translate into a greater overall vulnerability.
- Akamai Technologies released a report that revealed sharp increases in DDoS attacks in Q1 2016. DDoS attacks increased on both a year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter basis. In the year from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016, DDoS attacks spiked more than 125 percent. The large increases seen in massive DDoS attacks could potentially be due to the fact that those types of attack are currently more affordable to launch than ever.
- Law enforcement officials in New Mexico believe that Juan David Villegas-Hernandez shot and killed his wife and their four daughters in Roswell, NM Saturday. The daughters were 14, 11, 7 and 3 years old. Roswell police reported on Sunday night that the suspect may have been captured in Mexico, but they won't know for certain until they can ID him today.
- It was reported that a 20-year-old man from Indiana told California law enforcement officials that he wanted to harm the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood after he was arrested Sunday morning, but now officials say that the suspect never stated an intention to do harm. The man had a cache of weapons and ammunition, as well as materials to make explosives in his car. Police officer are still trying to sort out his motives and are investigating whether anyone else was supposed to be involved in the situation.
- Water rescues took place in Oklahoma this weekend after a wave of severe weather hit the Plains. Some regions of Oklahoma saw up to 8 inches of rainfall. A tornado touched down in the town of Baker, MT on Saturday night, injuring up to a dozen people and damaging at least 30 homes in the area. The were no reported deaths associated with the tornado.
- Officials lifted evacuation notices in both Arizona and Oregon this weekend after firefighters were able to contain both fires. In Arizona, the fire west of Yarnell in the central part of the state grew to more than 4,000 acres in size since starting on Wednesday, while in Oregon, the fire reached about 2,100 acres in size. As of last night, the Oregon fire was approximately 72 percent contained.
- A recent study examined which U.S. cities are most vulnerable to hurricanes and estimated reconstruction dollar amounts for each city in worst-case scenario situations. The study found that Miami, FL sat atop the list, 780,482 total properties at risk of hurricane damage, and a total cost of reconstruction upwards of $143.9 billion. New York, NY was second-most vulnerable, with 719,373 total properties at risk of hurricane damage and a total cost of reconstruction of $260.2 billion.
- President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Texas, which opens the door for federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Large portions of Texas were affected by severe storms and flooding that began late last month and extended into this month. The federal assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and more.