The threat landscape has forever shifted in recent times and social media threats are one of the most serious problems in the world today ranging from threats aimed at schools and corporations to terrorist use of social media, which threatens national security.
Since social media threats are such a new development, unfortunately most security teams and law enforcement agencies simply do not fully grasp the seriousness of online threats, how to proactively detect threatening behavior, and the horrific results threats produce.
Let’s look at 3 very different scenarios where there were signs on social media before catastrophes occurred:
Ismaaiyl Brinsley (Brooklyn, NY)
Hours before killing two NYPD officers in cold blood, Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted photos of a gun and bloodstained pants on Instagram, geotagged in Brooklyn and Coney Island, with the hashtags #shootthepolice and #coneyisland (among other hashtags) and nobody picked them up. In fact, the posts were proactively reported to law enforcement.
In early 2015 there were over 30 bomb threats posted on Twitter aimed at airlines within a short period of time, including one in particular that appeared to be singled out. Soteria Intelligence was able to analyze the threats and determine they were a hoax, and that the threat wasn’t of physical harm but instead a cyber-attack. We predicted the airline would be hacked 3 weeks before they got hacked.
Looking at school shootings over the past 5 years, in many instances there were signs on social media beforehand. We’re not talking about one or two, but many, which is unfortunate. According to an FBI study from 2014, between 2000-2006 and 2007-2013, active public shootings have increased about 150 percent in the U.S.
The point is, almost every day there are social media threats of some sort – whether they’re direct or indirect – and hundreds of people have lost their lives due to lone wolf attacks inspired by propaganda found on social networks.
Those responsible for the safety of others must understand the current threat landscape, including the ways social media ties into cybersecurity, physical security, and brand reputation management. Additionally, ways to proactively identify threatening behavior and counter it.
To guide organizations, Soteria Intelligence offers training and consulting services that leverage 6 years of research on social media threats, case studies, and insight into how Soteria Intelligence is using machine learning to accurately detect threats before harm is done.
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