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NJOHSP 2023 Homegrown Violent Extremist Snaps

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Trenton NJ, as a supplement to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness’ 2023 Threat Assessment, agency analysts have compiled a snapshot outlining the 2022 nationwide activities of homegrown violent extremists and the threat level they pose to New Jersey. Analysts assessed that HVEs (Homegrown Violent Extremist) would remain a high threat in 2023 as these extremists may plot and conduct attacks and provide financial support within the state.

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New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Focus on Jersey Shore Security

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Hamilton NJ,with residents and visitors converging on the state’s seaside resort towns following the unofficial start of summer, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is reminding the public to remain vigilant as a component of its annual “Secure the Shore” campaign launch.

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The State of New Jersey Bans TikTok and Other High-risk Software and Services Due to Cyber Security Issues

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Trenton NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State of New Jersey has issued a cybersecurity directive to prohibit the use of high-risk software and services, including TikTok, on State provided or managed devices. The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), will maintain a list of technology vendors and software products and services that present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the State. The Directive will apply to all departments, agencies, commissions, boards, bodies, or other instrumentalities of the Executive Branch of New Jersey State Government.

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Statewide School Security Initiative to Collect and Digitize School Building Blueprints and Make Them Available to First Responders

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Paramus NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy visited East Brook Middle School today to announce a $6.5 million investment in American Rescue Plan funds toward a statewide school security initiative to collect and digitize school building blueprints and make them available to first responders. Accurate and uniform maps are critical to enable law enforcement personnel to swiftly respond to emergencies in unfamiliar environments.

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New York Times Promotes “Masking” Disinformation on Monkey pox

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Ridgewood Nj, just one after the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security cautioned the public over disinformation on Monkey pox ,”Disinformation has the potential to incite panic, create distrust between the government and people, increase polarization, influence government actions or law enforcement responses, exhaust resources and bring about undue harm. Monkeypox (hMPXV) disinformation may cause people who are infected to avoid treatment or vaccination as they may feel stigmatized, hampering efforts to help those individuals and curb the outbreak.”

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New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Claims Rampant Disinformation on Monkeypox

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HAMILTON NJ, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness updated its disinformation portal web page last week to incorporate monkeypox (hMPXV) disinformation trends circulating on the internet.

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Following Mass Shooting in Texas, NJOHSP Continues to Prioritize School Security

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is assuring the public that school security remains a top priority following last week’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where a lone gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at a rural elementary school. “We’ve been proactive in our approach to school safety, taking several measures to help ensure a heightened security posture,” said

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NJOHSP : Exercise Caution During Job Search

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Ridgewood NJ, according NJ OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS ,  Job seekers are urged to exercise caution during their job search, as they could be targeted with fraudulent offers via phishing emails, social media, or SMS text messaging, according to NJCCIC. Threat actors entice their victims with promises of opportunities that are “too good to be true” to deliver malware, steal funds or collect personally identifiable information. These schemes may cost victims thousands of dollars and negatively impact their credit scores, according to the FBI. Job seekers are encouraged to research potential employers before providing sensitive information to unknown senders. The NJCCIC also recommends reviewing its Identity Theft and Compromised PII product for additional guidance.

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Vigilance on 2nd Anniversary of Jersey City Attack

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Jersey City NJ, Friday, December 10th, will mark the two-year anniversary of the Jersey City shooting, when two gunmen injured one person and fatally shot four, including a local police detective and three civilians. While there are currently no known or specific credible threats to New Jersey, NJOHSP actively monitors for any suspicious activity surrounding anniversary dates of terrorist attacks. NJOHSP collaborates with federal, State and local partners to help prevent future attacks and to ensure the safety and security of our communities. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to local authorities or NJOHSP’s Counterterrorism Watch Desk at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or tips@njohsp.gov.

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NJOHSP : China Committed To Spreading COVID-19 Disinformation

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Washington DC, according to the NJOHSP as distribution of COVID-19 vaccines begins in the United Kingdom and United States, China continues to shift blame for concealing the virus’ severity by disseminating new falsehoods about its origins and misrepresenting scientific and medical experts. These attempts to discredit verified facts can be replicated to target the reliability of vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Such efforts could dissuade segments of the population from receiving inoculations, increasing infections and mortality rates in the United States.

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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Filing Fraudulent Liens Against Denville Police Officer

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Denville NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty today to a criminal charge for filing fraudulent liens against public officials in New Jersey in retaliation for a motor vehicle summons he received in Denville Township, N.J.

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Woman Accused of Vandalizing 3 Religious Facilities Arrested in Monmouth County

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Middletown NJ, Authorities arrested a Middletown (Monmouth County) woman they said repeatedly vandalized houses of worship in the township and then resisted arrest. Natalee Hamilton, 34, was taken into custody on July 28 after she became “uncooperative and violent” and assaulted three officers, according to the Middletown Township Police Department.

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Chinese Caught Selling Faulty Medical Equipment Overseas

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is reporting that according to open source reporting, Chinese efforts to shift blame for the COVID-19 pandemic and gain favorable influence from countries impacted by the disease include manufacturers selling substandard medical equipment. While Chinese authorities have stated they contained the disease in their country, they are also engaged in a public relations campaign to bolster their image by claiming China is the only government providing equipment to vulnerable countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey.

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NJOHSP : China Underreporting Thousands Of COVID-19 Deaths

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Ridgewood NJ, Over the last week, open source reporting indicates that China has severely underreported official COVID-19 deaths across the country amid the lifting of a two-month lockdown of an estimated 50 million people. In Wuhan alone, the epicenter of the outbreak, the disease has killed 42,000 people, more than 10 times the national figure reported, according to foreign open source reporting. The numbers are vastly different than originally reported by the Chinese government.

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NJOHSP Warns on Psychological Operations Leveraged Against US, Allies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Trenton NJ, Several near-peer competitor countries are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct psychological operations against Western nations to undermine US and European credibility both domestically and globally. Near-peer countries in the Great Power Competition, including China and Russia, are attempting to sow anti-US sentiments using disinformation via different mediums to alter the views of international governments and individuals. Psychological operations target audiences with selective information to influence their emotions and objective reasoning.

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