FBI Increases “Going Dark” Fund, FIFA Recruits Female Security Officers, Ohio Machete Attack, and More

FBI Increases 'Going Dark' Fund, FIFA Recruits Female Security Officers, Ohio Machete Attack, and More
  • ​​​​The FBI has asked for nearly $70 million in its newest budget to address encryption challenges. Federal Computer Week reports the agency is doubling its request for funds to battle what it calls the challenge to law enforcement presented by end-to-end encryption and online anonymity, which can be used by threat actors to disguise their movements and conduct criminal activity. FBI Director James Comey has spoken out against the proliferation of encryption, but cryptologists and privacy advocates say back doors for authorities could lead to "disastrous effects" on Internet security. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice is asking for $121 million in fiscal 2017 to fight cybercrime, investigate hacks, and protect its network. 

  • FIFA's security division announced it's recruiting more women to join its security ranks​. The international football organization says it is "looking to develop a broader base of security officers to serve domestically and abroad." FIFA's security division provides support and "expert advice" in security-related matters to host countries, local security agencies, and FIFA's member associations. In 2013, it began hosting regional seminars around the world to train national security officers on the new FIFA Stadium and Security Regulations that went into effect at the beginning of that year. But in 2014, all the candidates that attended such seminars were male. "As we are currently lacking particularly female FIFA security officers we launched the initiative, involving all our member associations," said Ralf Mutschke, FIFA's security director.

  • Authorities are still investigating a machete attack at a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant last Friday that left the attacker dead and several victims with severe wounds. The FBI had investigated the 30-year old assailant, Mohamed Barry, four years ago for making radical Islamic threats, but the bureau abandoned the investigation. On Friday, he entered Nazareth Mediterranean Cuisine inquiring after Hany Baransi, the restaurant's owner. He left, then returned 30 minutes later wielding a machete. At least four customers were injured as Barry slashed at them with the weapon, but ultimately a restaurant employee chased him out with a baseball bat. A car chase between Barry and the police ensued, and he was eventually shot to death when he exited the car and lunged at police with the machete. Baransi says he was targeted for his Israeli heritage. Whether the incident will be classified as a terror attack or a random act of violence is yet to be determined. "While officials acknowledged that some evidence points towards a 'lone wolf' terrorist attack, they argued that other key facts remain unclear," according to The Washington Post.

  • In other news, Russia is denying that its warplanes struck a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Syria on Monday, killing at least nine people. Security Intelligence reports on how companies can promote better IT security through workplace culture. And a new report says the global access control market will grow by nearly 25 percent from 2016 to 2020.